During the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005), thousands of young boys were orphaned or displaced. In an epic walk to refugee camps, they became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. About 4,000 became US citizens. In 2011, South Sudan gained independence and became the world's newest and most fragile country.
Former Lost Boys Ngor Kur Mayol, James Lubo Mijak, and James Manyror collaborate to make a difference where they were born: Parieng County, Ruweng State, South Sudan. Two primary schools (Gumriak and Nyarweng) are serving as models of community-based education. Today, about 800 students attend these two private schools. The schools are necessary because South Sudan doesn't have the budget to adequately support education. Through the Raising South Sudan project, Ngor raises funds so that children from his home village of Aliap can attend Gumriak Primary School. Scholarship donations support teacher salaries, books, meals, and other student needs.
Raising South Sudan is a project of US 501c3 nonprofit Mothering Across Continents