Category: General
Posted by: Lisa
The town of Arlington, MA, has two sister cities -- Teosinte, in El Salvador, and Nagaokakyo, in Japan. The children in the Arlington Public Schools learn about the sister cities' culture in this exchange, and they learn about ours. This blogger once watched a delegation of visiting Nagaokakyo students sing along to one of their children's songs that Arlington grade-schoolers had learned in music class.

The network of sisters helping sisters extends to Arlingtonian and VHSS director Lisa Deeley Smith. Village Help for South Sudan is delighted to be one of the co-sponsors of a benefit concert for the Arlington Sister City Projects, Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m., at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue.

Family Folk Chorale headlines the evening, bringing songs from South Africa, Bob Marley, and others. Also playing is the Cambridge-based Sol y Canto, with Rosi and Brian Amador. The Malika Traditional Dancers are performing. That's a very interesting group -- based in Maine, with roots in the Equatoria region of South Sudan, hundreds of miles from where VHSS does its work, joining us in a common expression of sisterhood.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 781-648-3737, at the door, or on-line We'll be there, distributing bookmarks and information about the education and health connections we are making in South Sudan.

You'll see some big names co-sponsoring this concert -- Oxfam America, Heifer International. We're flattered that when concert organizers are brainstorming about groups doing good working internationally, they think of Village Help for South Sudan.
Category: General
Posted by: Lisa
This one, "House on School Street," by Cape Ann artist Michael Stoffa, will.

It's being raffled off by St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester, MA, with the proceeds to go to our newest well-drilling project. They're also collecting deposit bottles -- a good way to help the thirsty.

This is just one of the creative ways that our villages have connected with Wunlang village. What will your village do?
Category: General
Posted by: Lisa
Convocation -- "calling together" -- is often how colleges and universities begin the academic year. We're delighted that Franco has been chosen to be the keynote speaker at the convocation of Wheelock College.

Wheelock's mission is to "improve the lives of children and families." With a specialty of educating students in childhood education and in social work, Wheelock's goals mesh with ours. We've built a school, and helping the street children of Aweil will require the talents and sensitivities that education in social work develops. We know that Franco's story will inspire the Wheelock community. We wish Wheelock all the best this academic year, and we hope to stay in touch.
Category: General
Posted by: Ron
Village to Village

"It takes a village to raise a child," and it certainly takes many villages to build a school! Our Village-to-Village campaign began with Marblehead Village School, which extended its help to the village of Wunlang. Then followed Lynn Classical High School and the Brookwood School of Manchester, MA.

Other "villages" have followed. Among the communities of faith, we have been helped by First Lutheran Church of Lynn, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Arlington, Trinity Baptist Church of Arlington, and the Lutheran Church of Newton. Among service organizations, Rotary International has been most helpful. We've made several presentations to Rotary Clubs around greater Boston, and we enjoyed a workshop on Rotary's literacy program, the Concentrated Language Encounter.

As the villagers in Wunlang have finished their bricks and wait for the arrival of our construction manager, perhaps your "village" -- your school, your house of worship, your club -- would be moved to join our village. Feel free to contact us us about a presentation.

Our Village-to-Village program coordinator is Alex Rittershaus. You can see what he was able to accomplish at his high school here.

Below is a list of schools participating in "Village To Village". Click on the name of the school to read about its fundraising activities and the progress it has made.
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