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Thanks Abel!

Last weekend my friend Abel sold lemonade at his lemonade stand and donated the money he made to help build our school. He raised $11.85. Not bad for a couple hours of work. Every little bit helps!

Maybe next summer we’ll invite more of our friends to help raise money with a lemonade stand. Great idea Abel!


Video: Update on the school

Hey guys!

Our friend Tom Prichard of Sudan Sunrise recently took a trip to visit our school. Here’s a video showing some of the challenges the school has been facing in recent months.

It’s so cool to see all the kids we’re helping with this school. Thanks to your support they’re not only getting an education, but also clean drinking water and a healthy meal each day!

Trick or Treat with Josiah and Friends! (Updated 10/29)

This Halloween, when you go out trick or treating with your friends, why not do something to help make a difference in Sudan?

Thanks to our new partnership with TerraCycle, you can turn your used candy wrappers – any brand or size – into cash for the school we’re building in Turalei!

If you live in the Rochester, NY area it’s really easy. Just bring us your empty wrappers and we’ll send them in for you. TerraCycle makes a cash donation for every wrapper they receive!

If you live in a different city you can help too! Just read the information about our TerraCycle partnership and contact us with any questions.

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat!!


We’ve had some people get really excited about “Trick or Treat with Josiah and Friends”:

– One local friend in Rochester made up her own fliers and will be taking them door to door to all her neighbors encouraging them to save their Halloween candy wrappers for us! (If you’d like to do the same we’ve made a flier for you! You can download it here.)

– We had a whole school join us as well! Students at the Waterloo Middle School in Waterloo, NY will be collecting wrappers this Halloween to help us raise money!

You guys are awesome, keep up the great work!

Turn trash into cash for our school!

Thanks to a great new partnership with TerraCycle, you can now turn everyday items that you would normally throw in the trash into dollars to build schools in Sudan!

How it works?

We collect recyclable items for TerraCycle, they pay for us to mail them in, and they give the school building project $0.02 per item we send them.  TerraCycle then turns those recyclable items into new products (sold at retailers nationwide).

What can we collect?

The things we can collect for recycling are:  any brand or size
Drink Pouches (not boxes)
Candy Wrappers
Plastic Wrappers from Paper Products – paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
Diaper packaging – plastic wrappers from diapers and wipes with brand (not clear plastic)
Cheese Packaging – outer packing from cheese, cheese tubs
Dropps Landry Detergent Pouches (only Dropps brand)
Kashi Packaging – all packing from Kashi products and any brand plastic cereal bag liners
Plastic #6 Drinking Cups
Personal Care and Beauty – any personal care or beauty product packaging
Tortilla and Tostada Bags

How can I help if I live near you (Rochester NY area)?

If you live in the Rochester, NY area you can collect every single recyclable item you use, find, get from your friends, find in the garbage or on the sidewalk (you get the idea) and give them to us to send in.  If you live in the Rochester, NY area and would like to collect and mail items in yourself you can do that also. See below.

How can I help if I don’t live near you?

If you live outside of the Rochester, NY area you can help by joining our team on TerraCycle.net and join whichever “brigade” you want to collect for. You would collect items in your area and send them in (free of charge) once you have enough. You can email us at josiahandfriends@gmail.com for more information.

An update on the school!

Great news everyone! We recently received an update on the school from our friend Tom Prichard of Sudan Sunrise. Here’s what he said:

Because of your generous help I have wonderful news on the progress of Manute’s first school in his home town of Turalei. The second three-classroom building has been completed, so the school now has six classes (two grades still have class under a tree, as weather permits).

Thanks to a fantastic gift from Franklin Electric, the world’s biggest manufacturer of pumps, the school now has a solar powered submersible water pump, with a tower and a 5,000 liter tank!  That means the 400 children at the school now just turn the tap to get clean drinking water!

In addition, because of the progress of the school, the World Food Program is now providing each student a free, nutritious and filling meal every school day! Think about that for a moment…these 400 children now have classrooms, clean water and a filling meal! It brings tears to my eyes to think about the difference this is making in their lives.

Manute’s nephew, Mayom Majok, who lives in Chicago, stayed in Turalei after Manute’s burial to oversee the completion of this phase of the construction. The sacrifice made by Mayom and his family has made it possible to make such great progress, despite the rainy season.  We are working on plans for the final phase of this school using what we have learned to build the most cost effective structure.

Thanks for all your help, our work together is really making a difference! You guys are awesome and I’m really proud of you. Let’s keep going!

We’re SO CLOSE to $3,000!!

Can you believe that we’re almost to $3,000 already? When we started this eight months ago I thought we would only get a few hundred dollars!

We only need a little bit more to reach our next goal.

If you’ve already donated, please consider donating again. If you can’t give today, maybe you can tell your friends about what we’re doing. These kids are counting on us so let’s keep going!

Donate today!

“Manute was a majestic presence.”

Our friend John Zogby shared some thoughts on the recent passing of Manute Bol. We wanted to share them with you.

Manute was a majestic presence. It wasn’t just his height but the fact that he emanates all the emotional pain he has witnessed, the physical pain that he bore, and the dogged determination that he represented. He was so much more than an NBA legend. He was living proof that none of us could ever claim that we had a bad day. Manute had seen so much more than any of us and he triumphed.

He said he was going to build reconciliation schools in southern Sudan. This from a man who lost 250 members of his own family from religious violence. He put together schools taught by Christians and Muslims for children who were Christian and Muslim. They would learn and study under the shade of trees, using sticks and rocks to write. Manute moved forward to build the first school with the help of volunteers from all faiths. The builders learned to make bricks in a town that had a shortage of water and no electricity, no infrastructure and no contact with the outside world.”

I was with him at three fundraisers. The last time he was wheel-chair bound in Rochester. He couldn’t stand up and he listened as the kids each came up to the microphone and asked the litany of questions about “How tall are you?” He actually loved it. But when a little girl told him and her schoolmates that she understood him because she had childhood arthritis he looked back at Rev. Tom Prichard and me and said, “Help me stand up. Let them see me standing up.”

So few know about southern Sudan but they wanted to help Manute. We had huge fundraisers scheduled in DC, Miami, and Houston. There were plans for Albany. But they all had to be canceled because he was needed in the Sudan to assist the independence forces during the recent election. But frankly he was also just too ill to travel.

I will never know how he carried on with so many physical problems. But I do know that if a man’s wealth can be measured by endurance of pain, determination to help the poorest of his friends and family as well as total strangers, and the dignity to carry on against all odds, Manute is the richest man ever to have played in the NBA.

John Zogby, President/CEO, Zogby International
Sudan Sunrise Board of Trustees