Due to the pandemic, Seeds had two graduating classes in 2022.Five Seeds scholars graduated in March 2022 (Class of 2021). In December, six more Seeds scholars graduated high school. Two of the grads are pictured on the home page.
These 11 high school graduates are eager to spend a year volunteering in South Sudan to reconnect with their culture. They also want to help teach the children and help with the animals and food preparation for people from Arok Garang’s home community of Paliau. These people have been living in an Internally Displaced Persons Camp for four years after the Nile flooded their home village.
It will cost $1,000 per graduate to make the arduous two-day journey through Uganda and on to South Sudan by bus and overland vehicles. The students must have passports and visas to enter Uganda and South Sudan. If the students were to stay at Home Base, Seeds would spend $100 per student per month for food. The Seeds Board of Directors considers volunteering in South Sudan to be a far better use of the student’s time and talents.
Read the touching tributes by Seeds students about their mothers and consider how you can support our graduates by visiting this link.
Then visit our Donate page. Select a dollar amount or “Other” on the and type in the amount. Select “General Expenses” and on the line “where would you like this donation directed?” you can mention “South Sudan service trip.”
Seeds is incredibly grateful to its sponsors and supporters, who came forward with donations to pay for an unprecedented fourth term in 2022. Our $42,000 fund-raising goal was surpassed in mid-October. Thank you!
Now we can once again raise funds to evacuate more South Sudanese refugee orphans from the UN refugee camp in northern Kenya and educate them to be “seeds of change for South Sudan.” Seeds volunteers interviewed approximately 40 orphans anxious for a chance at a better life. Eight are prioritized due to ill health. We also have four current students who have lost their sponsors.
You can help by making a donation or purchasing one of our sturdy new tote bags made with ankara fabric from Kenya. They have outer pockets for storing a water bottle and other items. The totes can be yours for a donation of $25 per tote, which includes shipping.
Seeds Students and Supporters Sew Beautiful Tote Bags
Seeds supporters Helen Worthan and Pastor Heidi McGuinness raised funds in Nebraska to pay for two large sewing machines to buy in Kenya. They taught sewing to interested students this summer. Now, you can have one of these beautiful tote bags made of Kenyan fabric for a donation of $25, including shipping.
To order, Select Tote Bags on the pulldown menu under Online Donations on the Donate Page. Then select Other and type in $25 for each bag you would like to order.
Lost and Found: The True Story of Arok Garang, One of the Lost Boys of Sudan
Tells the gripping story of our founder, who had to flee for his life when his village burned.Illustrated with beautiful water colors, the 32-page book is suitable for children. Suggested donation is $20 per book, including shipping. On the Donate page, scroll to ‘Changing Children’s Lives” and select the $20 button. Next, under where to direct your donation, select “cards and books” from the pull-down menu. Then write “Arok book” on the blank line.
These 5 x 7 inch cards are blank inside and come with white envelopes. Send Education is Love in Action to a teacher, a book lover or parents.Love Helps Hope Take Flight is a perfect card for Valentines Day or any time you want to let someone know you are thinking of them.
Your $25 donation buys a packet of six cards and envelopes, three of each design.
Select Cards and Books on the pulldown menu under Online Donations on the Donate Page. Then select Other and type in $25 for each set of six greeting cards you would like to order.
These new cards by Wendy Satsky, talented watercolor artist and Seeds board member, can be purchased in sets of 10 of a single design with white envelopes.
The notes are 5.5 x 4.25 inches for sending a brief note to someone. Select Cards and Books on the pulldown menu on the Donate Page. Then choose $20. On the blank line, indicate that you want the Thank You notes.
Thank you for your support!
Thanks to a generous donation from Brian Counterman from Counterman Insurance. 100% of your purchase of Thank you notes goes to Seeds of South Sudan.