Schools for South Sudan

WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity and racism in the war-torn country and compare them to the issues we face in Rochester. Schools for South Sudan is supported in part by The Community Foundation

Follow Hélène's travels on Twitter: @HeleneWXXI and #SouthSudanEd


Arts & Culture
6:11 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Schools for South Sudan Documentary Gets Theater Screening In Rochester

(From Left to Right: Hélène Biandudi Hofer (Host of WXXI TV's Need to Know) Sebastian Maroundit (President and Co-founder/Building Minds in South Sudan), Mathon Noi (Vice President and Co-founder/Building Minds in South Sudan) Palath Thonchar (Founder/Sou
Jim Day WXXI

The first public screening of a WXXI documentary on an effort to build schools in South Sudan took place Tuesday night at The Little Theatre in Rochester. 

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Schools for South Sudan
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Free Screening Tonight: Schools for South Sudan

In January 2013 WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity, and racism in the war-torn country.  She shares her findings in a full-length documentary that focuses on the unique ties between Rochester and this young African nation.

A free screening of the "Schools for South Sudan" documentary starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Little Theatre. A panel discussion moderated by Biandudi Hofer will follow the screening. The screening is open to the public and seats are first come, first served. Click here for more information on the documentary and the panelists.

Schools for South Sudan
11:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Vocational Schools: A Solution to Youth Unemployment in South Sudan

According to some Rochester-based non-profits, vocational schools are a solution to youth unemployment in South Sudan. Rochester resident, Kuc Majak, launched the Vocational Institute for the Children of South Sudan to assist in this effort. A school is currently being built in his home village of Aweil, in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State in South Sudan. In this interview he shares more about the project, the importance of vocational training in South Sudan, and challenges he’s encountered with his mission.

Schools for South Sudan
2:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Rochester-Africa Connection Grows: Kenya & Tanzania

Credit Joining Hearts and Hands

For the past several weeks on WXXI’s Need to Know Rochester, viewers have learned about the connection between the city on the Genesee and some of the villages throughout South Sudan. Local non-profits, many founded by former Lost Boys of Sudan, are working to bring stability and hope to the people of their homeland.

But the work doesn’t stop in South Sudan. Rochester-based non-profits like Joining Hearts and Hands (founded by Bill and Joanne Cala) are also on the ground on the continent of Africa building schools and health clinics in an effort to improve the conditions of orphans and their communities. 

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Schools for South Sudan
11:57 am
Fri February 28, 2014

ROC Launches New Initiatives in South Sudan

In the final installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series we examine the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and new initiatives by local non-profits to help bring change and stability to the nation.

Schools for South Sudan
1:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

From the Genesee to the Nile

From a city on the Genesee to a village on the Nile, we learn about Rochester-based nonprofits working to improve the living conditions of their Africa. This is the 5th installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series.

Schools for South Sudan
6:32 pm
Fri February 14, 2014


In the 4th installment of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series learn how Rochester is working to promote girls' access to education in a country thousands of miles away from here.

Schools for South Sudan
6:31 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Ajong Primary School

WXXI News presents the 3rd installment in the Schools for South Sudan series. Viewers get an inside look at the Ajong Primary School in the village of Mayan-Abun and how it's helping to rebuild an area ravaged by decades of civil war. The school was built through the support of the Greater Rochester area community.

Schools for South Sudan
6:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Building Minds in South Sudan

Schools in remote, war-torn villages in South Sudan are being built through the support of the Rochester area community. Learn the back story of this project and how those involved overcame surprising resistance. It's all part of WXXI's Schools for South Sudan series.

Schools for South Sudan
6:27 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Birth of South Sudan

WXXI News launches the first installment of Schools for South Sudan. The special project focuses on the unique connection between Rochester and the world's youngest nation. A handful of area nonprofits are on the ground in South Sudan building schools, health clinics and providing clean water in remote villages. Their work is being supported by funds raised in the Greater Rochester area.

WXXI's Hélène Biandudi Hofer was in South Sudan reporting on the efforts of one organization with a mission to build schools in war-torn villages. The 6-part series, Schools for South Sudan, airs Thursdays at 8pm on Need to Know Rochester beginning January 23rd.