The time has come to celebrate and cheer for our success. After three years of dedicated work of DPDO staff, Board of Directors and donations from David and Donna, Anti-up Africa and your generous support, Gangy High School will open its doors to 240 students on June 2012; hopefully 480 students next year and 720 on its full capacity in the third year.
In November 2011, Darfur Peace and Development has completed a yearlong Paralegal program in Darfur IDP camps. Over 7400 beneficiaries from Kassab camps were trained. UNDP in Sudan had funded the program.
DPDO has been able to secure a show room in EL Fasher city to sell the handcrafts produced in our women center in Kassab IDP camp. It will serve as a new chain of distribution. Women from the Kassab camp will be managing the show room.
DPDO has received over $14,000 worth of school supplies from UNICEF. Supplies received include chalk, pens, notebooks, and sports equipment. DPDO will deliver the supplies to 37 elementary schools across North Darfur next month.
Purchase with a purpose this holiday season!
The Darfur Baskets make wonderful, personal holiday gifts. Handcrafted in a variety of styles and rich colors, each one is unique. Your purchase supports the talented weavers at Kassab Women's Center. See DPDO's retail partners to order your holiday baskets.
Darfur Baskets to be featured in National Geographic Catalog
A special edition of the Basket of Peace, crafted by weavers at DPDO's Kassab Women's Center, will by featured in the National Geographic Society Spring 2011 Catalog.
DPDO staff traveling to Darfur in September
DPDO President, Suliman Giddo and Program Director, Susan Burgess-Lent will travel to Darfur in mid-September. During their missions, they will assess programs, manage distribution of a container full of relief items, and meet with partner UN agencies. News and photos from their trips will be posted on DPDO's homepage.
DPDO announces partnership with Global Woman Magazine
Global Woman Magazine establishes strategic partnerships with organizations that improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Gangy High School
Despite a delay due to national elections and a financial scam that thoroughly disrupted the El Fasher community, the construction work is on track. The first floor is nearly complete. Once the second floor is finished, we have many other preparations for opening, including recruitment of teachers, furnishing the facility, and setting up the computer lab and library.
After 15 months and nearly $40,000 in expenses for clearance, storage and transport, and a journey across the Libyan desert, the container arrived in Melit, North Darfur this past week. It will be housed at DPDO's high school compound in El Fasher as the staging area for distribution of donated tents, textbooks, schools supplies, solar cookers and clothing to DPDO's schools and to IDPs at Kassab and Abu Shouk camps. The distribution process will take several weeks. We'll update the website with photos.
Construction begins on new high school in El Fasher, North Darfur
DPDO has completed drilling and installation of Gangy High School's well system. The well delivers 2,000 gallons of water every hour, enough to provide ample water for high school students and staff, as well as for neighboring homes and businesses.
The foundation of the main building was laid in January 2010.
The global economic crisis in 2009 created many challenges for humanitarian aid organizations- including DPDO. In the face of diminishing donations, we strengthened strategic planning to continue meeting the needs of program beneficiaries.
DPDO is happy to announce that Ante Up for Africa has generously donated $200,000 to help construct Gangi High School in El Fasher, Darfur. Ante Up for Africa, founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, and Norman Epstein, was created to raise money and awareness for relief efforts in Darfur.
In November, DPDO completed construction on a 280-ft. perimeter wall surrounding the high school compound. Construction on the main buildings will begin this month.
In October, DPDO received a UNICEF in-kind donation of blackboards and classroom kits for North Darfur schools.
DPDO staff delivered the supplies to its 14 Schools of Peace and to 23 additional schools in Kutum, El Fasher, and Umbaro localities. Though these schools are not sponsored by DPDO, they had no other access to necessary supplies.
DPDO's distribution served the needs of 445 teachers and 19,352 students - 48% of whom are girls.