Hello! My name is Nyarietni Gatluak Both. I was born in 1998 in the Tony Village of Rubkoni County in South Sudan. My mother was killed in the Sudan Civil War in 2001 when I was only three years old. My father was a soldier but has quit his service in the army. He works selling charcoal but he uses all of the money he gets to buy alcohol to drink. I live with my uncle who is a truck driver. He has over 15 children and is only able to provide food for us. We eat two meals a day in the rainy season, when there is enough grain, and one meal a day in the dry season. Continue Reading »
Watch the video of Roda in the previous blog post and read her story here:
Roda is a teenaged girl who attends the Good Hope Academy in Bentiu, South Sudan. When she came to the Academy she had previously attended a Muslim school. There she was taught only the Koran and was forced to endure Female Genital Mutilation. Even in a school setting Roda, and many children like her, were vulnerable to abuse and kidnapping. Because of generous scholarship support she is a thriving student at the Good Hope Academy. There she learns a wide variety of subjects including English grammar, Bible lessons, mathematics and social history. The strength and success of Good Hope Academy has protected the school and the students from individual attacks and government interference. For Roda, and hundreds of other students, Good Hope Academy is truly a place of hope. In a recent video clip Roda says, “we are very happy for the school which you have brought to us.”
For more information about female genital mutilation visit the World Health Organization
Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. This day was set aside 100 years ago to celebrate and recognize the achievements of women around the world. The global focus of the day shows respect, admiration and love for women of all ages and stages in life. It also is a day to focus on the needs of women around the world. This year’s focus is on women’s equal access to education, training, science and technology. This echoes the Millennium Development Goal to “eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education”. These Goals were developed as a means of reducing poverty and acting faithfully with Micah 6:8 to “. . .act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
Scholarships given through Covenant Kids provide education for girls and young women every day. Girls in Bogota, Colombia receive uniforms and are able to go to school. The longer these girls stay in school the stronger their ability to choose who and when to marry.
In Congo, young girls are encouraged to stay in school with scholarships. Their families can not afford, or would simply not pay, to send them to school.
In Southern Sudan less than 5% of children receive an elementary education. Most schools do not even allow girls to attend classes. The Good Hope Academy, who receives Covenant Kids scholarships, allows girls to go. With an education, some of these girls will go on to be teachers who can then empower the next generation.
And in India, scholarships given to the English Medium School in Solapur allow young girls, some of whom come from impoverished families, to learn in computer and biology labs.
Please join us in empowering these young women around the world. Donate a scholarship on-line in honor of International Women’s Day and change the life of a young girl today.
Missionaries and church leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Sudan (ECCS) report that the voting process of the Southern Sudan Referendum has gone peacefully. They send their deep gratitude for the Evangelical Covenant Church in North America for the prayers and continual support over the years. Church members of Southern Sudan are hopeful that this independence will allow freedoms of choice, resource usage, movement around the country and worship. They are praying that these freedoms will promote the spread of the gospel throughout Southern Sudan. Please continue to pray for Sudan and the Covenant churches there as the effects of this Referendum are carried out.
Scholarship donations given through Covenant Kids support the Good Hope Academy in Bentiu, Sudan. Bentiu is in the northern part of Southern Sudan. In this region less than 5% of children finish elementary school. Generous donations help to sustain the work of the Good Hope Academy and provide education to boys and girls in the area.