Tuesday, June 16, 2009
End-of-the-Year Party at the Sudanese School
Last night our family attended the end-of-the-year party at the Sudanese School where my husband is Chairman of their school board. I have to say that the Sudanese really do know how to party. It was my first time to attend one of these events, and if one was not at least a little familiar with the Sudanese people, it would be very easy to be overwhelmed.
There was dancing, singing, speeches given, awards given out, and at the end, eating and drinking. The drinking was soda pop, of course.
It was seen as a very successful year. Donations are up, they are moving into a fantastic new building which is much bigger, and we had 4 students graduate from the 8th grade into the 9th. These 4 students are our oldest class, and each year as they graduate we add the next year. You can see a photo of these 4 students above.
The picture of the man and woman standing with my husband is the couple who had the vision and started the school around 9 or 10 years ago. It is a sad occasion for us, but a happy one for them that they will be leaving Egypt this summer and returning to Sudan to start the same kind of school there. What a privilege it has been to know this man and this woman. They have touched so many lives here, but God is going to use them to touch so many more when their new journey begins in their homeland, Sudan.
The highlight of the night for me was when the young girls came out and did a traditional dance from Sudan. These are the girls pictured above with the leaves on their arms.
As you can see by the pictures above, the place was packed. There was standing room only. My husband, son and I had Sudanese kids crawling all over us all night, but we loved it. They are beautiful people, and we have been so privileged to be able to be involved with them.
If you would like to know more about this school, you can check it out at this link: