(November 22, 2013) — Winrock International is excited that the Room to Learn – Education for Youth in South Sudan project has been approved for Microsoft’s #YouthSpark initiative, meaning it is eligible for #YouthSpark’s #GivingTuesday campaign this year. Microsoft will provide a 100-percent match for every donation to Room to Learn up to $1,000 until matching funds run out — with $250,000 up for grabs. The campaign will begin at noon EST on Dec. 3.
Decades of civil war and turmoil in South Sudan have devastated the country’s infrastructure, leaving them without access to quality education. Room to Learn offers children and youth access to quality education, with a special focus on reaching the most marginalized groups, including girls, the disabled, and children from nomadic and pastoralist communities. The project provides children with foundational literacy skills and a safe learning environment. Funds will be used for quick-impact grants to improve school infrastructure and train teachers; deliver educational materials; provide access to mobile learning; and support local PTAs.
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — Dec. 3 in 2013 — has been dubbed #GivingTuesday and is part of an effort to kick off the annual holiday season with a national day of giving in support of nonprofit organizations. On #GivingTuesday, you can make a contribution to one of the Winrock-implemented projects on GlobalGiving, including Room to Learn. You can also share expertise by signing up to be a Winrock volunteer and searching current volunteer opportunities. As always, thank you for supporting Winrock’s mission.