Since 1998 WTI has supported a student hostels project for female students in partnership with the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund and Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum, Sudan.
Each year accommodation is provided in four hostels in Omdurman, Khartoum, for around 80 girls so that they can live close to Ahfad University for Women in an environment suitable for study. Many of them have no family support in Khartoum or would otherwise have to live in settlements without electricity or running water on the outskirts of the city, up to two hours’ journey away. The project enables a significant number of girls to complete their degrees who might otherwise be forced to drop out.
The project supports the four hostels through contributing towards the rent and utilities, providing equipment and furniture, relevant training and supporting the student hostels committee to manage the hostels.
Previous evaluations have shown that the hostel environment is helping students to become self-reliant and has enhanced understanding between students from different cultural backgrounds. This is particularly relevant in the context of the current conflict in South Sudan.
Hear from the students
A resident who had been staying with an uncle 70 km from the University following repatriation of her family to South Sudan said of her experience:
I used to regularly miss my lectures because of the long distance and lack of transport…sometimes I did not have enough money to pay the cost of transportation, in addition to the time I used to spend on domestic work to help my uncles’ wife. All these factors have greatly affected my academic performance, as well as negatively impacted on my psychological condition. When I joined the Unity hostel I started to achieve better results in my academic activities. Now, I am living very joyfully with my hostel colleagues with a wonderful social life and excellent academic surroundings. Without this opportunity my right to complete my study, and attain a degree would have been deprived.