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NEEDING SPONSORS: We have children still awaiting Tuition Sponsors to get them out of the Refugee Camp and to start or continue their education. School term is starting again..the need is now...
Watch a moving documentary of the history of our Lost Boys, "We died in our mother's laps", from Director Jonathan Shepard; Producer, Julie Hill
Dr. Akec Khoc, Sudanese Ambassador to US: 2010
In 2001 before the attacks of 9/11, approximately 4,000 Sudanese Lost Boy and Girl refugees arrived in the United States. As victims of genocidal (un)civil war which has raged in Southern Sudan for over twenty years, they have spent the majority of their lives in refugee camps of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda …Read on Continue reading “Who are the Lost Boys?” »
Outreach Africa: Lost Boys Foundation has collected information on our local Lost Boys’ child relatives who were left behind in African Refugee Camps. We match these children with American sponsors to send them to inexpensive boarding schools in Kenya and Uganda through our African Boarding School Program. Any individual may become a sponsor or donate toward a child’s tuition. Our sponsors also include churches, temples, school classes and organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis.
All sponsored children are close relatives of the Lost Boys and Girls living here in Hampton Roads, VA. You may even call or meet the Lost Boys and Girls to learn more about a specific child. Continue reading “Students Needing Sponsors” »
Reuben Deng Del is another who truly deserves a sponsor. He’s an ‘A’ student who is now almost blind and cannot continue without your help with his much needed education.
Please consider the plight of Reuben Deng Del (left) pictured below with older brother Solomon. They are brothers to Lost Boy James Del of Newport News, VA.
Reuben has lost almost all of his vision due to Juvenile Glaucoma. He recently had surgery to preserve his remaining vision but has missed a year of school, and is now in dire need of a new sponsor!
He is an excellent student and wants desperately to return to school in Jan 2011. He would attend a special program in Nairobi, Kenya for students who are visually impaired.
Ajak Aluk is the young relative of Lost Boy John Alier Aluk of Newport News, VA.
Ajak remains in the upper ten percentile in his grades and he truly deserves to be able to continue at the Christian Academy where he can be given hope and a future – with an education – through our African Boarding School Program.
We hope that you will consider giving this child a chance with your sponsorship. This will allow him to continue to stay at school and not return to the Refugee Camps.
Your sponsorship will continue his room, board, a meal a day, and most of all – his education which provides hope for the future!
I NEED A SPONSOR!
Chol Dhieu Awuou, 17 years old, is cousin to Lost Boy Deng Awuou of Norfolk, VA.
Chol lost his father to sickness in 2003. Last year he was brought from Kakuma Refugee camp to the Kenyan town of Nakuru to enter school which was paid for by Deng Awuou.
Sadly, Deng can no longer afford to pay Chol’s tuition. Chol is always at the top of his class and is now in grade 3. He is desperate to stay in school and needs a Sponsor to continue with his education.
Dut’s mother is now in Kampala living together with her daughter and grandchildren.
Sister Adhel Akech would like to begin the tailoring program so she can return to South Sudan with her family and have a means to support them.
The tailoring class begins Continue reading “Update on Dut Daniel Akech” »
Newly enrolled Ader Chol Awuou, 14 years old, is brother to Lost Boy Deng Awuou of Norfolk, VA. Last year he was brought from Kakuma Refugee camp to the town of Nakuru to enter school which was paid for by Deng Awouw.
Unfortunately, Deng has now had his work hours cut back drastically and can no longer afford to pay Ader’s tuition. Ader is in grade 2 but is in need of a sponsor to continue school next year.
Ader is always on top of his class and currently in dire need of sponsor to retain his status in school. Being sent back to the Refugee Camps is the only other option, and we hope you will consider sponsoring him to continue.
Khang is in the 6th grade and is 1st in his class – an A Student! He has been attending school, and needs your help to continue. Khang is the relative of Lost Boy Amer Mabil of Newport News, VA.
He is needing a sponsor to continue to stay in school this next term. If you can help for one or more terms, please continue reading and see the sponsor options!
Dut Deng Dut is a relative of Lost Boy Bul Dut of Norfolk, Va. Dut is an ‘A’ Student who has been attending St. Emmah Preparatory School in Nakuru, Africa.
As you can see from his report cards below, he is not only doing well, but has been doing well for several years. Now he is in need of a sponsor to continue!
Your sponsorship will mean that his excellent progress will not be interrupted – if he is sent back to the Refugee Camps, he will lose his place, and it will require another start-up fee to get him back! DUT DENG DUT NEEDS A SPONSOR!!!!
Simon Ajak Bul is a relative of Lost Boy Daniel Manyok of Norfolk, VA. Please consider sponsoring this deserving child to school; it will give him an education, safety and security, a meal a day and a future.
Without your help, Simon and these children may be left in the Refugee Camps without hope, little if any food or water, and the Lost Boy relatives here are usually working two jobs to try to support the families back home.
SIMON AJAK BUL NEEDS A SPONSOR
TO GET AN EDUCATION AND
SECURE A HOPEFUL FUTURE!
Lual is the cousin of Lost Boy Apajok Deng of Virginia Beach, VA. He is 11 years old, and really needs your support to continue his education.
Sponsorship will allow Lual to stay at school – and out of the refugee camps – continue his education with room and board and meals. Your help means the world to Lual and Apajok, so we want to thank you for taking him to your heart and giving him the future of an education.
LUAL NEEDS A SPONSOR!
Bol Aguto and May Abiei Aguto are the nephew and niece of Lost Boy Apajok Deng of Virginia Beach, Va. They are attending school through our program, but Bol is in need of a sponsor to continue. Bol is 11 years old and his report card is below.
If you can help him continue his education, you are changing his life!
BOL NEEDS A SPONSOR
Deng Deng Mou, Mou G Deng, and Awira Deng are relatives of our local Lost Boy Akol Deng Mou. They have been attending our African Boarding Schools via Outreach Africa’s boarding school program through donations and support of wonderful sponsors, and are in need of sponsors to continue being able to stay at the schools to finish their educations!
John is the brother of Lost Boy Jacob Zachariah Taban of Newport News, VA.
John is a ‘A’ student!
He is ready to enter a two year science program which begins in January 2012 but he has no sponsor. In Uganda they have grade 13 and 14 (called form 5 and 6) which are equivalent to our Junior college. It cost $350 per term.
Please help this bright young man finish school!
John Deng has already completed his first 4 years of the physician’s program at Kampala International University in Uganda and has just 2 years to go! The kind Norfolkcouple who has sponsored him through the first 4 years can no longer continue due to increasing family obligations. Finding a sponsor will allow John Deng to complete his medical training as a doctor so he can return to his homeland to practice medicine. InSouth Sudanwhere they have almost no physicians, the completion of his training will be critical toward saving the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of his fellow Sudanese.
John Deng is cousin to Lost Boy Deng Awuou of Norfolk,Virginia. That is how he came to our attention and became the first college level student sponsored through our African School Program for Sudanese refugees. The former sponsors were a physician and nurse couple whose hearts connected with John’s dream. We are now looking for another person or couple with the same heart to sponsor John Deng through his final 2 years of medical training. His school will begin again in May.
John Deng is a very bright young man and a super high achiever. He is a member of the Dinka tribe ofSouth Sudan. As a refugee, he has endured great hardships and overcome many obstacles to get where he is today. He has had to learn at least 6 languages to survive and has done extremely well in his university classes taught in English.
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وشكرا لك من أبنائنا المفقودين في السودان
Dau is the first Sudanese Lost Boy from Hampton Roads to return to South Sudanto rebuild his country. With the commitment of his wife and family, on Feb 24th Dau Lual returned to South Sudan to begin a construction company in the capital city ofJuba. His first construction contract is with USAID to build a school inSouth Sudan. Last year he established a cinderblock making company inJuba which will supply his construction materials. Dau is a man of great vision and we will be following his progress closely as he begins building his country.
Dau first landed in theUSjust over 9 years ago as a minor and was put into foster care inRichmond,Va. After graduating high school, Dau moved to Hampton Roads to attend college atNorfolkStateand then ODU. After one year here, he brought wife Apajok fromRichmondand they began their family. Dau interned with a local construction company and in 2010 graduated fromNorfolkStatewith a degree in Architecture. While Dau attended school full-time, he also worked full-time at a local company writing software and training manuals for cities, police departments, fire departments, and other companies. His acquired business and marketing skills combined with his education and internship experience empowered Dau to find investors and establish a cinderblock making company inJubain late 2009 and early 2010. After importing the machinery fromIndiahe made several trips toSouth Sudanto prepare the land, erect the factory building, install the equipment, and get the block-making company up and running. Then he had to wait for the referendum…..
In January 2011, a referendum vote took place inSouth Sudanwhereby the people voted to become an independent country. With high prospects of a peaceful transition and stable future for the new country, orders for cinderblocks have now begun pouring in to Dau’s block company! It will provide the financial security and materials he needs for his new construction company to take off. The Lost Boys motto is “Education is our Mother and our Father.” It is so fitting that he is beginning by building a school.
Apajok is an unsung hero in this story. She will be working full time and taking care of their three children on her own during this time of transition. The couple are hoping that Apajok and the children can go to Sudan to visit their father this summer. It will be Apajok’s first chance to see her mother since she was a young girl.
Relative of Lost Boy Abraham Nhial Char who works on a fishing boat off Alaska to support his relatives.
This is Mary Ajoh Nhial and she is a Sudanese refugee child in Uganda. She is a very bright and hard-working student. She is 15 years old and in 6th grade. You can see a couple of her excellent report cards below.
Her Lost Boy relative here in the US, Abraham Nhial Char, works on a fishing boat in Alaska whenever they have enough work to hire him.
It is a very difficult life. The Lost Boys who do this work in subfreezing temperatures in the hold of a processing ship. They go in for 1:15 at a time and come out to thaw for 15 minutes, and do this for 10 to 14 hours a day. When they come out they have ice growing from their nostrils, on their brows, and forming beards on their faces. When not working on the ship, they are forced to spend the rest of the time sitting in the hallways, staring at the walls. They cannot go to their bunk except at assigned sleeping times since they sleep in shifts and there is someone else in their bunk most of the time. I understand the worst of it all, aside from the danger of the processing machines, is the boredom ( no books, tv, etc for months at a time).
Abraham Nhial is struggling to support many relatives so we try to help with Mary’s tuition, along with 4 other child/students in his immediate family in Uganda. Mary Ajoh has never had a steady sponsor but even one term’s tuition for her would allow her to continue school from September until December.
“Be careful when you touch this,” the YMCA volunteer said pointing at the stove. “When it’s turned on, it gets very hot.” Though it was a conversation that you might have with a two-year-old, it was being explained to two adults. Santino and Peter were the young men profiled in a PBS special called “The Lost Boys of Sudan.” My sister, who was watching it, called me to share their amazing tale.
It was a few weeks later that around 20 members of the Young Adults Division of the Sandler Family Jewish Community Center gathered in the large conference room around the Board table. We were there to hear the same tragic story from William and Simon, two other Lost Boys of Sudan.
Many Jewish organizations are involved in the plight to makeDarfura safe, livable area, free from genocide. The connection to this cause is obvious; Jewish people, too, have been the victims of a genocidal government. But we learned that there was genocide inSudanlong before theDarfursituation became so dire. A civil war had reigned for twenty years inSouthern Sudan, with an estimated 2 million people killed.
In 1988, many young boys inSouthern Sudanwere in the field, as usual, tending to cattle, farm animals, and farmland. Their villages were attacked by their own government, run by the radical Northern Sudanese Islamists who were becoming increasingly violent in their crusade to convert the Southern Sudanese, who were mainly Christian. Without knowledge of who had survived the violent attacks, the boys, along with a few girls, were forced to run from their villages.
These children, 26,000 of them, ages two to seven, travelled by foot more than 1,000 miles across the desert before reaching the refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Many young boys were lost on the trip, to hunger, thirst, continued military assaults, and wild animals (including lions and crocodiles).
Though they spent the majority of their lives in these refugee camps, in 2001, some very lucky Lost Boys received sponsorship to move to theUnited States. Peter and Santino were among this group and were relocated toTexas. William and Simon were moved toSoutheastern Virginia, near where I live.
Thrown into an alien environment, I was stunned at their ability to assimilate into a culture and a nation so foreign to the lives they had lived. Simon and William told their harrowing story of seeing family members murdered and walking alone through the desert with no shoes, clothes, food, or water. Simon explained that he was bitten by a King Cobra, but was one of the “lucky” ones that survived. He is now inPharmacySchoolatHamptonUniversityso he can help develop and distribute life-saving pharmaceuticals, including anti-venom.
When I left their presentation, I immediately called my sister and shared my new knowledge. We really wanted to help. Julie Hill, Director of Outreach Africa: The Lost Boys and Girls Foundation balanced speaking engagements, personal and monetary issues, and anything and everything having to do with supporting the Lost Boys inSoutheastern Virginia.
She suggested that a good way to help the Lost Boys and Girls inAmericawould be to sponsor their young relatives who are still refugees inAfrica, allowing them to attend boarding school where they would receive one meal per day, a uniform, an education, and safety. This program benefits the Lost Boys and Girls currently living in the United States by lifting some of the emotional and financial burden that comes from going to school and having two or more jobs in order to support themselves and their relatives in Africa.
Since that time, my family has come to sponsor a total of six refugee children inAfrica. Most other young children are orphaned and have no adult to protect them. Even in the refugee camps, they are at extreme risk of starvation and dehydration, they have little education, and they are vulnerable to being kidnapped by rebel armies trying to fill their ranks.
Our sponsored children now attend boarding school in Kenya where school consists of three semesters with a month off between each. While the children are on break, they stay with relatives near the schools or in the refugee camps. William has arranged it so that my sister and I have been able to talk to the sponsored children on the phone when they are not in school. They are so grateful and hopeful for the future. In addition, we have received letters and school pictures from the kids. We are in constant contact with William and he gives us updates fromAfricaeach time we talk. OutreachAfrica: Lost Boys Foundation literally means the difference between life and death for the Lost Boys’ young relatives. It is the most immediately gratifying organization I have ever been a part of because, for just $250, a child who is near death today, can be in school receiving an education and a future tomorrow.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact Julie Hill at 757-749-3644 or email@example.com.
Note: Sarah and her family sponsor relatives of Lost Boy James Jok Del.
I first became involved with the Lost Boys after seeing God Grew Tired of Us at the NARO Cinema. After the movie, several of the Lost Boys spoke and Julie Hill talked about the Boarding School Program. I discussed it with my husband and we decided to become sponsors.
Julie introduced me to Lost Boy James Jok Del and we became sponsors of his relative, Deng. Soon after, my mother and brother decided to sponsor Deng’s brother, Solomon, so the boys could go to school together.
We try to see James Jok every few weeks. He comes to Norfolk often and plays soccer with the boys. We have been to a Tides’ game and we also meet for lunch in Newport News (where he lives). My boys (David: 4 and William: 6) love to play sports with him! It has been a great family experience.
So far we have raised $100 though PayPal donations toward helping Lost Boy Dut purchase a used car to get to work (no news of a donor car). A sincere “Thank you” to those kind people.
He has seen an older Toyota Corolla for $1,750. They will let him drive it off the lot for $800 and finance the rest. I am hoping we can continue to help him raise the initial amount he needs to make the purchase. The dealer is willing to hold it 2 more days for him. He sent me a message today that he will be loosing his job if he cannot find a means of transportation.
If anyone can help with further donations it is greatly appreciated. Loosing his job will not only affect Dut who has no other family in the US but will devastate his mother, sister and small nieces he is supporting in Uganda .
A line on any other better deal is also appreciated.