IMPORTANT UPDATES (June 21)
1. We are quickly approaching our goal! If we go over our goal, then any additional money will be kept to build a fund that allows us to continue supporting Sudanese scholars. Next year we hope to have at least two scholarships for Sudanese students. Additional funds will go to supporting them.
2. Some contributors have been confused that the contribution page says funds will go to Armand Hammer United World College of the American West. Armand Hammer United World College of the American West has kindly agreed to help us collect and process the donations. Your funds will still reach this campaign!
Who we are
The United World Colleges (UWCs) are twelve boarding schools around the world that share a common aim: to inspire high school students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. The schools provide a rigorous academic program and have a strong commitment to community service. They are non-denominational and attract a diverse student body, most of whom attend on a full scholarship. Read more about UWC here.
We are the Sudan selection committee for UWC and we share a commitment to help this country. Sudan's two civil wars lasted a total of 27 years and ended in 2005. In 2011, southern Sudan seceded and became a new independent country: South Sudan. Even now, many areas of Sudan (including Darfur and the Nuba Mountains) are in conflict.
We believe educating Sudanese young people in peace and international understanding will help make the future of Sudan brighter. Last year we sent our first ever scholar to UWC: Razan Idris, a bright young student from Ombdurman.
Here is what Razan has to say about her time at UWC: “Coming to UWC, I realized just how much being Sudanese meant to me, and how much I love Sudan. Sometimes living in Sudan you only see its shortcomings. Yet here at UWC I became prouder of my heritage, and I saw that in my hands lay the power to change so many people's ideas of Sudan, with the truth that I had lived.”
We have raised funds for four scholarships…
UWC tuition & board scholarship are each worth about $65,000. This year, we have selected four talented students to attend UWCs in 2013 - 2015. Mohammed Talib, Mohammed Humed, Cani Fajak and Mahmoud Aldirderi. Academically bright, empathetic and creative, we are certain these 16 and 17 year olds are the future of Sudan. You can read more about them here.
Together with the Colleges and local donors, we have managed to fundraise three full scholarships which will cover the tuition and board expenses for three of our scholars. Now we just need to get them there!
… but we need your help!
Our scholars need funds to cover additional costs such as flights, visa fees, pocket money and health insurance. Each scholar has slightly different funding requirements, and we are in regular contact with their families to assess financial need. $11,000 is an approximation of how much these scholars will need over the next two years. We will be disbursing funds to each scholar according to need. Any left over funds will be kept to cover similar expenses for future Sudanese students.
The students will be traveling to the Netherlands, Italy, India and Costa Rica. It’s going to be quite a move. Cani Fajak is looking forward to moving to Duino in Italy, but that’s a long way from home. A flight to Sudan once per year will mean she shares the experience with friends and family. Mohamed Humed is moving from a refugee camp in eastern Sudan to Maastricht in the Netherlands. Aside from the complications of getting a visa when you don’t have a passport, he’s also going to have to buy some winter clothes!
Help make the experience of these scholars complete. All the funds collected will go to (i) the scholars for expenses and (ii) administration costs charged by Indiegogo. Armand Hammer United World College of the American West has kindly agreed to help us collect and process the donations. The selection committee is made up of volunteers and we do not keep any of the funds.
How you can help
1. Make a donation. The good news is that we’ve done most of the fundraising already! Our students have full board and tuition scholarships. For their expenses, a donation of $50 could make all the difference. In fact, if 200 people give $50 each, we will reach our fundraising goal!
2. Spread the word. If this isn’t the right time for you to give money, you can still support the UWC Sudan scholars by telling your friends about this campaign. Just emailing this video to 10 friends, reposting on your Facebook page, or Tweeting about it could make a significant difference.
We really appreciate your support and look forward to sharing with you the adventures of these four scholars at the United World Colleges.