On January 26, 2011 Kennesaw State University hosted the very first SAVES Ball. Advocating for the SAVES Foundation over a luscious dinner, live music, and a packed room of heart-felt friends. The foundation will be building a school in Southern Sudan in the town of Bor- where children currently learn under the shade of a tree.
Nathaniel Nyok, a Lost Boy from Sudan and founder of the SAVES [Sudanse-American Voices for Educational Services] Foundation, is a 31 year old student[International Studies Major] here at Kennesaw State University. He approached us with this overwhelming story of the Lost Boys and an inspirational plan to build schools and begin developing an education system in Sudan. Sudan is the largest country in Africa and has a population over 40,000,000 people, yet has the lowest access to primary education. When the OCC heard his plans for the 20 class room-school we put our heads and resources together and whipped up our first advocacy event: The SAVES Ball.
Students and community members piled in to hear Nathaniel speak. Grabbed dinner, donated from the community, and listened to a local band pour their hearts out into their music. For many of them it was their first time hearing of the need for help in Sudan. $3,000 is all it costs to buy the land to build the school, and $500,000 for the construction. Teaching majors lined up offering their teaching skills for when the school is finished while others lined up to help advocate the SAVES plans to their resources. We found the room in a silent agreement at how much we take for granted our education system here in America and hope to give opportunity like ours to others. Some may see education as an unnecessary effort giving that there are other vital issues such as disease and hunger to overcome, while here at Kennesaw we now believe education is vital. In order to grow and stand alone, Sudan needs education to self-govern.
Kennesaw State University
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