Pan Yach Primary School

573 girls and boys attend this school.

They still need walls.

Building a school is Rebuild South Sudan’s inaugural project. The idea for this school came from the Jalle community in 2007. Planning began in 2009. Construction began in 2012. Classes began in 2013. Roof installation was in 2015. Now, even as school is in session, we’re working towards walls, floors, furniture, solar panels, and eventually a computer lab. We are also happy to announce that part of the building is designated for clinic space. Currently it takes a few hours to walk to the nearest clinic.
Rebuild South Sudan School 2013


Brick by Brick:  

a campaign to finish the construction of the school.

Jalle School Children- August 2018

We need $160,616 in total!
We currently have $52,066.91.
This includes installing walls, floors, and repairing the roof where there is wind damage.
We know that we need 16,000 bricks to make this school a reality. That is $10 per brick.

See the full presentation and details on construction bid here:

School Presentation 2018-09-18

Backstory: This is a Community Initiated Project

Building a school is Rebuild South Sudan’s inaugural project, and our intent is to accomplish this in a collaborative, responsible manner. The community expressed many needs which we used as guiding principles for this project:


For a people displaced by war, a permanent structure represents more than just shelter; it is a statement of belonging once again to their homeland and hope for the future. We aim to build a safe and permanent structure that doesn’t need to be rebuilt each year when the land floods. We have designed a school to exceed the standards of UNICEF’s Child Friendly schools.

community involvement

We were invited by and have worked with the community from the start to build a school that will best meet their needs. The school will also serve as a community center by creating a large space for gathering, providing a clinic, along with public access to books and  computers.

economic investment

Building in South Sudan is one of the most expensive countries in Africa in which to build due to the lack of supplies and infrastructure. We are utilizing appropriate technology, relying on local labor and leadership, and tightly managing our budget to make sure our school is competitive with any other similar school project.


A building in this climate can easily and unintentionally become uninhabitable – hotter, darker, and more humid than outside under a tree! Our deceptively simple design has been born from extensive fluid mechanics modeling, careful attention paid to building orientation, proper shading, prevailing winds, and window size and placement used to create the most comfortable and practical learning environment possible.

The building will be the only permanent structure within 7 miles, and likely the only flood-resistant building in the region. It will serve as a community hub as well as a safe place for learning. Eight large, well lit and ventilated classrooms will accommodate up to 640 students in two sessions. Flexible furniture and solar lighting will also allow the space to be used for adult education in the evenings. A 6m x 36m (3100 square feet) hall will be used as a community hall. The library can house 5000 volumes available to both students and community members. A computer center, located at the school entrance, will connect Jalle to the rest of the world and, perhaps equally important, function as an incentive for students to come to school regularly. Part of the building will be used for a clinic providing health care for the Jalle community.

Total estimated cost of building the Jalle School: $315,009.

metrics of success

Projects of this scale have both tangible and intangible metrics for success. We intend to evaluate our project’s results and learn from its failures. Success for us will be measured in the following ways:

  • School will be in operation and well attended; school will withstand the yearly flooding
  • Students will be able to attend school even during the rains
  • Increased percentage of students from region will enroll and finish primary school compared to state average,
  • Increased percentage of students will go on to secondary school compared to state average
  • Increased percentage of marginalized students (orphans and girls) who attend school compared to state average
  • Community will use gathering space for more than school purposes
  • Jalle will see an increase in return rate of displaced community members
  • Building will be cooler inside than outside
  • Adequate day lighting for reading will be provided naturally
  • Ministry of Education will look to this design for replication


More updates on the school


Breaking Ground if not Groundbreaking

Forgive our silence on the blog for the last couple of days. Part of this was due to lack of communication with Blake and Marianne in the out of pocket location of Jalle, the other part was due to difficulties we were having onsite which Blake will explain below. Thankfully, this doesn’t change our project’s […]

A Square Rectangle

The meeting with the elders to finalize the school placement wasn’t quite what I expected. A village elder approached Denis shaking his head. We had just begun measuring our baseline. He told Denis that a new road was planned and that the school needed to be moved some distance. This news was followed by uproarious […]

Our Past and Future

Rebuild Sudan: Our Past and Our Future from Rebuild Sudan on Vimeo. Rebuild Sudan in partnership with Sarah Gerber of twentytwenty studios, is proud to release this 8min short film recounting the story of its founder, Michael Kuany, the organization’s partnership with the Jalle Community, and the shared efforts to construct the Jalle School. Please click on the image […]
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