Seeds of South Sudan Board Treasurer
When he was Financial Administrator at Arvada Covenant Church, Kent Nelson met Arok Garang, who was working with another church member to obtain the federal tax exempt designation, 501 (c) 3, for Seeds of South Sudan.
After Kent retired, Arok recruited him to serve a three-year term on the board as treasurer, which he began in the Spring of 2014. Kent is now serving a second three-year term on the board. As treasurer, he prepares monthly statements for the board, as well as paying invoices and sending wire transfers to Roots Academy to pay for student tuition, uniforms, food, supplies, shopping and staff support.
Since SoSS began paying college tuition for six students, Kent now executes wire transfers to Kenya so the college students can cover their tuition and expenses. He also pays the rent at Home Base in Nakuru, the large family home where all the SoSS students live when school is not in session.
To explain why he is willing to spend many volunteer hours on SoSS, Kent comments, “I believe in the power of education. I want to see the new country of South Sudan settled with our students taking leadership roles there.”
At a board meeting, Kent saw a photo of five new students who left the Kakuma Refugee Camp and were wearing their Roots Academy uniforms. “One of the students had such a smile on his face – expressing such thankfulness at getting out of the refugee camp and having an opportunity for an education at Roots Academy. Seeing his joy makes all the work and effort of serving on the board worthwhile.”