The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to increase access to education in post-conflict South Sudan by building schools, libraries, teacher-training institutes, and community centers. Established by Valentino Deng and Dave Eggers after the publication of “What Is the What”, the Foundation’s first major project is the construction and operation of an 18-structure educational complex in Valentino’s hometown of Marial Bai, South Sudan. The Marial Bai Secondary School opened in May 2009, and is the first high school in the entire region.

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