In 2016, Mr Henderson (our former Deputy Head) visited Kajo Keji for the third time. The pictures below show typical scenes from life there today. Kajo Keji is right on the southern border, close to Uganda, far from the fighting further north in and around the capital city, Juba.
In the past few years our link school, Tipere Primary, has added new classrooms and latrines. Children's attendance has improved well despite the challenges they face, such as girls needing to stay home and help with child care or harvesting.
Nash Mills has sponsored two boys from Tipere school to enable them to complete their secondary education.
Chelsio has done very well and is now completing his A levels...he wants to be an electrical engineer and help in the rebuilding of his nation.
Kajo Keji, 2016
Nash Mills is linked to the schools in Kajo Keji in the far south of Sudan. To get there it is easiest to fly into neighbouring Uganda and eventually by road across the border.
Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is a loud, busy exciting place to visit. As well as the modern business centre, the streets are lined with small shops, spilling out onto the pavements. Street sellers are everywhere. Most people get about by taking a bus, on motor bikes or walking. The noise of vehicles, honking horns and people shouting fills the air.
Rogeri Primary pupils, with their bright orange uniforms, are moving from worn out old huts into new brick walled, iron roofed classrooms which are cooler and can still be used when it rains. Lessons still take place under the shade of a large mango tree. But resources are scarce. Children share a chalk board and have few books or pens at all. Football and netball are played on the dusty school pitches. The headteacher’s office is still the traditional ‘Tukl’ hut. Every day they sound an old metal wheel to call pupils to lessons. Then they emerge in all directions from the surrounding bush.
Tikere and Dwani schools are still waiting for new buildings. Their current classrooms are worn out and collapsing.
Their old toilet ( latrine ) is also in a bad state of repair so they are digging a new one and building with bricks which they make on the school site. Pupils sometimes travel from miles around so cooks prepare a midday meal of rice, ugali ( a maize cake ) and beans. The teachers sit and mark outside in the shade.
Kajo Keji town school has seen a lot of resettlement. Numbers have increased so much they have some classes of 140 pupils. They are being sent 10 more teachers but even so teachers often go unpaid for months. Teachers are committed to rebuilding their country and helping the pupils to make progress.