Breaking New Ground


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Building a School One brick at a Time! In South Sudan, one brick costs a $1. Our “Breaking New Ground Campaign” aims to raise $15,000 for 15,000 bricks to lay a foundation for our school in Bor, South Sudan. Nathaniel Nyok, a member of a group known around the world as the Lost Boys of Sudan, leads an effort to build a high school in South Sudan, the newest nation in the world. South Sudan, a country devastated by decades of Sudan’s civil war has a 10% literacy rate. Despite a number of children learning under trees and in makeshift shelters, 64% of children are out of school. As the world’s most underdeveloped nation, South Sudan needs education to guarantee its future. You’re invited to purchase a brick as we build a coalition of change makers.

AFC World Peace Book Fair!

AFC World Peace Book Fair

Shop our AFC World Peace Book Fair, and a portion of your purchase will support our school building efforts in South Sudan. We have compiled a list of books that represents our philosophy and mission that education serves as the catalyst for change. We have divided our list into three categories: changemakers, survivor accounts, and literature and social change.  In reading these works on social issues and change, we are made better somehow. The brave and poignant stories teach us the importance of recognizing the humanity in every individual and that we, too, can use the power of our voice to make the world a better place.

Book clubs: We recommend book clubs to choose their monthly selections from our list and to join us in a discussion of these noteworthy texts at

We Are One! Ending Tribalism and Building Peace in South Sudan

When I was a Sudanese refugee in Ethiopia, we automatically grouped ourselves into our tribes, into what was familiar, and, therefore, “safe.” To our frustration, when the UN arrived months after we were living in the camps, they mixed the tribes in the camps in the hopes of preventing a future genocide. We were forced to live with our enemies. This act made us all uncomfortable, but sometimes you first have to be made uncomfortable in order to grow. In learning together, we crossed the boundaries of tribalism and discovered each other’s humanness – a value which should transcend all other bonds.

It is my goal, hope, and dream to build a school in my village in Bor, Jonglei State, to allow the tribes, boys and girls, to learn together. Through learning comes understanding, and through understanding comes change.

Check out this article, “South Sudan Conflict,” written by Jeffrey Toney and Nathaniel Nyok, as it highlights that education is a powerful tool that can foster a national, rather than solely tribal, identity.