Within Doro Refugee Camp, Save the Children is the organization that is in charge of the education sector. There are 7 free primary schools in Doro Refugee Camp. Each of the seven schools has a recorded attendance of about 600 to 1200 students from grades K-8. Furthermore, only private secondary schools exist after 8th grade, which families have to pay for from their own pockets. The majority of the people in Doro are unemployed and depend heavily on goods that are distributed by World Food Programme, or on what they are able to farm with the limited land access they have. Given this situation, most families are unable to enroll their children in school after the 8th grade. It costs around 350 South Sudanese Pounds per month for the nearest private secondary school, which is slightly outside of the refugee camp. This is the equivalent of about $50.00 USD. Parents of children who work for international organizations such as Save the Children, Samaritans Purse, World Food Programme, UNICEF, and others can afford this tuition for their children, but such families make up a very small percentage of the population. The most requested project in Doro and Ethiopia’s refugee camps are scholarships to help fill this gap.
In addition to educational initiatives, there are food projects, and local store initiatives in Doro and Ethiopia. Our long term vision and hope is to have self sustaining communities by aiding in the success of the local stores. Our local uduk hope teams have creative solutions to their communities challenges and we want to enable that more in the coming years.