Thomas Nyang founded Jarweng Education Development (JED) to build schools in South Sudan with the help of the Encinitas Rotary Club. Mr. Nyang, a member of the East Escondido Rotary Club, found there was a need to maintain a connection with the South Sudanese people living in San Diego, especially children, to their homeland villages in South Sudan. The children, ages 5-18, needed to connect to their own culture and language so they would have pride in their history and this understanding would better prepare them to succeed here in the United States. These children and their families would also maintain support for the schools in their villages back home. These people's language/culture is called "Thok-Naath". This program was funded last in 2019 before Covid. Again, this summer, Thomas Nyang will bring volunteers to the South Sudanese Community Center for 6 weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sundays) to teach Thok-Naath language and culture. Sunday Lunches will include native meals of the South Sudanese people.
The South Sudanese Community Center will provide space and Jarweng Education Development (JED), with our funding, will provide teachers, supervisors, supplies, transportation, and food. The budget for the program is $3,410. East Escondido Rotary will fund $1,705 asking for matching funds from the district.
Thomas Nyang will be involved daily with the supervision of the program. Dan Hazel, President of the club will attend periodically to help and report back to the local club. Club members will sponsor some meals during the summer program.