Why I Support Together for Sudan
A quote from a generous sponsor of one of our university scholars at Ahfad University:
“Over twenty five years ago I went to Sudan as a very young and very inexperienced teacher to work in a girls’ secondary school. I was humbled both by the immense generosity and kindness of the girls I had the blessing to meet there and their determination, often despite incredible personal hardship, to continue their education, become qualified and go on to serve their community. They knew instinctively that education was liberating and empowering and treasured every moment they had at school. Sadly, because of their family circumstances, so few of them were able to go to university.
Education empowers and that is why I was so happy to help Together for Sudan in its essential work in building educational programs and in particular, by helping a young woman from the Nuba Mountains to go to university. It is personally thrilling to be able to follow her progress and feel that in a small way I have helped repay my debt to the people of Sudan.”
During her March 2008 visit to Sudan, the then TFS Director Lillian Craig Harris asked a number of Together for Sudan’s friends why they support our work and received the following replies.
"Together for Sudan activities reflect an important commitment to community and its development".
Attorney Samawel Abdulladi Edris, Law offices of Tijani and Medeni
"Together for Sudan understands that education is the antidote to poverty".
Dr. Zakieldin Ahmed, surgeon. Together for Sudan Patron
"Together for Sudan helps people understand Sudan and its kind, generous and suffering people".
Prof. Yusuf Fadl Hassan, University of Khartoum. Together for Sudan Patron
"Together for Sudan works to reconcile people of different tribes and religions to help one another and themselves."
President Gasim Badri, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman. Together for Sudan Patron
"Together for Sudan brings people together in community service for peace building."
Together for Sudan Country Coordinator Neimat Hussein
"Together for Sudan believes that Sudan can have a bright future".
Yusuf and Huda Gillespie, British Airways Khartoum and Speed Bird Travel
"Together for Sudan recognises that our world is one community".
Samia Omar, Director of Khartoum International Community School. Together for Sudan Patron
"I support Together for Sudan because it gives hope and the promise of life to the poor and displaced."
Cannon Sylvester Thomas, Khartoum Cathedral
"I support Together for Sudan in my personal and professional capacity because it seeks to develop people through education".
Cecilia Poni Joshua, CARE Team Leader for Southern Kordofan
"Together for Sudan outputs are so large in comparison to their financial inputs".
Edwin C. Salvador, M.D., Humanitarian worker in Southern Kordofan
"Together for Sudan never gives up on anyone even if she is impoverished, illiterate and HIV positive".
Maulana Abel Alier, Senior southern statesman and former Vice President of Sudan. Together for Sudan Patron
"Together for Sudan regards the education of women as the basic building block of civil society".
Dr. Rosalind Marsden, British Ambassador to Sudan. Together for Sudan Patron
"Together for Sudan helps women to become self supporting".
Sister Noha Mikadi Kuku, Good Shepherd Sisters Khartoum
"We are very happy with Together for Sudan because you have done a lot to help education in the Nuba Mountains. I visited some kinderegartens which were set up after your Teacher Training and asked for more of this. Also, I went to the graduation of teachers who were from the former Sudan Peoples Liberation Army controlled area but had been trained by you with teachers here in Kadugli. This was a very good idea. As a government we are dedicated to cooperation with Together for Sudan and whatever you ask we will try to help with. We hope to have more cooperation, especially in Teacher Training. Let us plan together."
Juma Ibrahim Ali Idris, Minister of Education, South Kordofan State
"Together for Sudan believes that both Muslims and Christians are God’s children".
George and Eleonora Pagoulatos, The Acropole Hotel Khartoum