Friday, January 23, 2009

Pius X Students Continue Sudan Campaign

Former NBA star Manute Bol is trying to raise funds to build the first-ever school in his native village of Turalei in southern Sudan. Education for some 400 children in and around Turalei now takes place under a tree.

A while back, Kevin Kelly wrote a story in The Catholic Key about efforts by students at Kansas City's St. Pius X High School to assist Bol in getting a proper school built for Turalei. In that story, Bol who currently resides in Olathe, KS, received a $650 check from leaders of a student group called "Letters of Compassion" at the Kansas City, MO High School.

The "Letters of Compassion" group at Pius didn't stop there though. Nearly every day, the group is working to find new partners to support construction of the school.

Below is a picture of Manute in Turalei with a brick press students at Pius helped him purchase.

And here's a photo montage of the school under the tree:

Lastly, student organizers Meredith and Mallory O'Malley discuss their project below:

Information about Bol's work in southern Sudan can be found at Sudan Sunrise. Tax deductible contributions can be made online at that Web site, or sent to Sudan Sunrise in care of St. Pius High School, 1500 NE 42nd Terr., Kansas City, MO 64116-2296 with the notation "Manute Bol's School"