audio calendar close compressed excel Group 2 Created with Sketch. image Group menu pdf pin play search ticket icon Created with Sketch. Group Created with Sketch. video word
ACROSS South Sudan - Tabitha (centre)

Supporting students in South Sudan

View more:


Related work:

In the world’s youngest country, Tabitha and her friends are the first generation to be growing up as independent South Sudanese citizens. She is determined to do well in school and graduate to become a doctor – a much needed skill in her community.

Tearfund’s partner ACROSS, a local Christian organisation, is helping Tabitha achieve her goals through a program improving the quality of education delivered through government schools. Recognising that the government school system was struggling in rural areas, ACROSS has been equipping schools with teacher training and support, gender awareness training, water and sanitation facilities. They also train volunteers to become ‘school mothers’ who encourage school attendance and support students’ wellbeing – essential when families traditionally need boys to tend cattle and girls to help grow food.

ACROSS South Sudan - Tabitha reading
When her chores are finished, Tabitha does her homework.
ACROSS South Sudan - Tabitha
Tabitha from South Sudan, who dreams of becoming a doctor.

It’s making a clear difference to Tabitha’s eagerness to achieve. Every night when her chores are finished – the dishes washed, the grain pounded, water collected, and the younger children settled – Tabitha pulls out her homework books and completes her work by torchlight. With such dedication, she finds the work achievable, even in the midst of busy family life.

With ACROSS also working in her community to improve health outcomes and food production, as well as address entrenched conflict after decades of war and civil conflict, Tabitha and her family can hope for a life that is peaceful and secure.

Join the work of restoration and hope

We invite you to prayerfully consider joining this work of restoration and hope by supporting Tearfund’s partners to overcome poverty and injustice.

Give now

Related projects have received support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).