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:


  1. Very interesting, as usual. What do the leaves symbolize?

    I asked this question about another country at another site, my answer was in French (?) for me.

    The windows and doors appear to have no coverings to keep out insects/varmits. What gives?

  2. @eloh, that is an interesting question. I really did not have the chance to ask. I'll try to find out.

    Actually, there are doors, but they are in pretty poor condition. These people are very, very poor, and mostly rely on donations to keep the school up and running. Like I said in my post, they are moving into a new building this summer. It is in better condition, but the rent tripled. God is blessing lately though.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. You and your DH are so dedicated to the kids. They will be celebrating you in 10 years when you are the directors.

  4. Dedene, actually, in the future, Tim would like to go to Sudan and help this man and his wife with the school there. We are waiting until Levi is out of the house, plus we are waiting on the Lord's guidance.