Linda Primary School in South Sudan
Lietnhom is located in Bahr El Ghazal Region of Warrap State in South Sudan. It has a population of approximately 130,000 and is growing. War and fighting have left the entire population impoverished. The entire infrastructure was destroyed. There is no electricity. Some children are so poor they go naked because they can’t afford clothes.
Education is a crucial key to breaking the cycle of poverty in South Sudan. 45% of the population is under the age of 15. Many will not have the opportunity for education because there aren’t enough schools, and many families cannot afford to pay for their children to attend. The schools that do exist are small and staffed with inadequately trained teachers. Teachers can only teach students up to the grade they attended themselves. Most have not been able to go beyond the 8th grade.
ALARM is working with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan to establish this Christian school where Christian values will be taught and men and women of integrity, character, and peace will be developed.
Linda Primary School was started in the year 2000 in Lietnhom, South Sudan. It consisted of 4 classrooms, a headmaster’s office and a store. Today, 600 students meet for classes at this school. Since the 4 classrooms were not able to accommodate the number of students attending, ALARM helped to build 4 more classrooms. Linda Primary has the largest population of girl students in the region in a country where most girls don’t get the opportunity for education.