It’s that time of year. Caps and gowns galore. Graduation party after party, celebrating the accomplishment of the young people in our lives. I’m not just referring to high school graduation here. We celebrate our kids after kindergarten, fifth grade, middle school, and so on. Endless congratulations scattered across numerous graduations, however, it is only after the completion of high school that the inevitable questions arise.
What are you doing next year? Are you going to college? What are you going to study? What are you going to do with that? Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
For so many of America’s youth, the answers to these questions are dripping with ambition: universities, travel, careers, wealth, education, and the hope of long life surrounded by loved ones.
Here in the US of A, children finish one grade bubbling with an eagerness for summer and anticipation for the upcoming school year. The question is never whether or not they will be returning to school, but what teacher they will have and which friends will be in class with them.
Often, in this American culture, we take for granted the education of our children. It is a right not to be earned, but to be expected.
12 years ago, a young couple in America started thinking about education from the lens of African children. They learned about the challenges children in Sudan face everyday, and how these obstacles often keep them from attending school. They took it upon themselves to do something about the orphans and abandoned children that would provide them with education.
8 years ago the first His Voice Global orphanage was born. This year, the first class of students graduated; 3 young men whose lives are forever changed because they were able to have an education. One of the boys, Emmy, talks about his experience here.
Education cannot be something we take for granted, whether here or abroad. Get involved in our efforts to educate the young people of Sudan. Our current project is in Yida. It is a refugee camp near the war-torn Nuba Mountains in South Sudan. Our goal is to supply this camp with the resources they need to provide an education for their children. This includes, supplies, teachers, teachers salaries, and uniforms.
Not only do we want our little brothers and sisters overseas to have an education, but we long for our children here to learn about other cultures and feel empowered to make a difference. If you have children, we would love your family’s involvement in our Reading for Refugees program.
No matter a child’s surroundings, education is power- the kind of power this world needs.