WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 For Immediate Release

 

WXXI’S HÉLÈNE BIANDUDI REPORTS LIVE FROM SOUTH SUDAN ABOUT A SCHOOL BEING CONSTRUCTED WITH THE HELP OF A ROCHESTER NON-PROFIT GROUP
Reports to air January 7, 9, 11, and 14 during Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5

Rochester, New York (January 4, 2013) – WXXI News reporter Hélène Biandudi is in South Sudan with the local non-profit group Building Minds in Sudan (BMIS)  to report on the partnership between Rochester and the village of Mayen-Abun. BMIS has raised money to build a school in that village. Most of the money came from Rochester area schools, where local students held bake sales, brick sales, and other fundraising projects to support their friends in Mayen-Abun.

Biandudi will speak with WXXI’s Beth Adams by phone during Morning Edition on January 7, 9, 11 and 14 between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on WXXI-AM 1370 and 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5. They’ll talk about the progress of the new school and its students, as well as on-going education efforts in South Sudan. Biandudi will be posting web videos and photographs on WXXINews.org, plus tweets and Facebook posts from South Sudan. She will also hold a video Skype session between students in Rochester City School 36 and Mayen-Abun on January 10. A podcast of the session will be available to view on January 11 at WXXINews.org.

When Biandudi returns from South Sudan, she will produce documentaries and feature stories for Need to Know Rochester, Homework Hotline, and Assignment: The World, reporting on these efforts to bridge differences between people.

WXXI’s Schools for South Sudan initiative explores issues related to education, diversity and racism locally and around the world. Schools for South Sudan is supported in part by The Community Foundation. To find out more, visit WXXINews.org.

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