More than a refugee

By: ARAHA | Publish date: December 23, 2015

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A child awakens in the morning by the ray of light that pierces through the humble abode they live in. As they sit up from their bed, and the smell of the cool morning dew brushes their nose, they realize that it was here in Sudan, in the Shegerab Refugee Camp that they finished their Elementary school education. And for that period of time, they were not just refugees, they were students. But today, without a secondary school, they assume their identity as a refugee. Going through the motions of life trying to find their path and their place in this world.

Desiring to keep the dreams of these young children alive, ARAHA stepped in and took on the large task of making sure these very children keep their identity as students. With the support of our donors and partners, We built the first high school in Shegerab Refugee Camp. In a camp that has been around for over 30 years, this was a huge milestone for the community. Understanding that women are the backbones of society, we initially opened the door to educating girls first. In time as we grew, we were able to expand and accommodate boys as well.

Ever since its inception, the school was blessed to have over 95 students graduating—several of them bound for college—it has become a cornerstone of this humble community in Sudan.

As the school grows, we are faced with the difficult challenge of adequately accommodating all students. Due to this, our high school is in danger of closing. Today, we are embarking on a mission to further expand our school by building at least five new classrooms to give opportunities to more kids who want to be more than refugees.

To make this happen, we are raising $50,000 to cover the cost. If you choose to give, the impact of your gift will not be temporary; it will be a lasting donation that will serve the Shegerab community for many generations, and kids can wake up every morning as students.

Today,  even some of the college students consider returning to the camp and assuming a new identity as teachers at Shegerab High School. Thus, bringing everything into a full circle – This is what we call the circle of change.  So as these young men and women go in pursuit of the dreams, and as they find their places in life, we can say that with these small steps, change is possible.

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