Tag Archives: Sudan

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!

Help make life better for girls in Sudan!

Today is International Women’s Day. It’s a day when we celebrate the all the great things women have done. It’s also a day when we think about ways we can help make things better for women all over the world.

One way you can do something today to help girls in Sudan would be to make a donation to our school.

Did you know that in Southern Sudan nearly 85% of the people are illiterate? What’s even worse is that less than 1% of all girls in that region complete elementary school. Because they aren’t getting a good education, they can’t help make life better for their families and communities!

By making a donation today you can help make life better for girls in one of the world’s poorest countries. What a great way to show thanks for everything you have and to give back to others!

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!