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Statement of Purpose: The mission of Project Education South Sudan (PESS) is to help fund and support the building of primary schools in rural South Sudan. PESS emphasizes the inclusion of girls and women in the educational opportunities it promotes. PESS fosters community empowerment and leadership development in order to ensure that educational progress is sustainable. Since 2005, PESS has overseen and helped fund the construction of three new schools and the rebuilding of an existing deteriorating structure in three rural villages in Jonglei State. These schools serve about 3,000 children; one of them, Ayak Anguei Primary Boarding School with 450 girls, is presently the only operating girls’ school in the area. With a view to promoting school attendance and economic development, PESS has donated water wells, commercial grinding mills, cinderblock-making equipment, sewing machines and annual school supply money to the villages where the schools are located. Beyond brick and mortar, PESS provides indigenous community and girl’s leadership development, teacher training, feminine hygiene health and income literacy. Partnership with the community is the foundation for success. PESS meets with local groups and leaders to collaboratively decide on building projects. All completed structures belong to the community, which donates the needed land and some unskilled labor. More skill intensive construction is performed by Sudanese contractors and workers funded by PESS and its partners. PESS employs a former Sudanese “Lost Boy” as its South Sudan Director to monitor and assess programs and strengthen ties with the community. PESS follows the UNICEF accountability model in funding projects, inspection and verification of spending.


Address: PO Box 6851, Denver, CO 80206
Phone Number: 7204801076
Email Address:
Web Site:


Number of Employees: 2
Full Time Volunteers: 1
Part-Time Volunteers: 30


Major Fund-raisers: Annual Gala Event, Biennial Art & Artifacts Benefit, Climb for Sudan


Executive Committee: Daniel Majok Gai President & Executive Director
Director(s): Ray Stranske Chairman, Lee Ann Huntington , Mary Shippy, Directors, jim Broyles ,Treasure,Bol Abiar,Director
Key Personnel: Carol Francis-Rinehart: Co-Founder & Executive Director, Daniel Majok Gai:South Sudan Director, Meera Meyers: Communications, Rich Rinehart:Finance


Founded: October, 2005
Community Served: South Sudan Schools, Denver Public Schools,Cherry Creek Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Sudanese Community in Colorado, Salida High School, Wellington, Southmoor Elementary, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, The Women's College, DU
Associated Guilds: None


Ongoing Projects: School Construction, Teacher Training , income literacy and Community Leadership Development, Girls Leadership Development



Accomplishments: 4 developing school projects with clean water, grinding mills, sewing machines, teacher training and Community Leadership Training


Previous Event Coverage:

April 13, 2013 Project Education South Sudan Hosts 4th Biennial Arts + Artifacts
September 09, 2011 Project Education Sudan's Top of the Peak Benefit
September 26, 2009 PES Fabulously Successful 3rd Biennial Art & Artifacts 2009