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 To date,the Alliance has assisted approximately 65 local Sudanese with college tuition and books. This incredible achievement has been made possible through the generous contributions of corporate and individual sponsors just like you! Thank you for helping us in our mission to “Change the Face of a Nation Through Education!” Your support is making a difference in the lives of South Sudanese!

The majority of the Lost Boys did not begin their education until reaching the refugee camps in Ethiopia. However, the training they received there was minimal. It was not until they reached the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, some six years later, that they actually began attending classes on a regular basis.

Initially, those classes were held outdoors, as no adequate buildings were available. The boys simply gathered under shady trees, where they viewed their lessons from small mobile chalkboards while sitting on the hard and dusty ground. Some of their teachers were qualified instructors, but others were simply elders who had been selected from within the adult population of the camp. Pencils and paper were supplied by numerous government agencies, but were available in limited quantities. Later, large, mud buildings were built that served as schools, but they still left much to be desired.

UNF JOHN KUAI PETER MIABOK GRADUATE FSCJLocal Lost Boys John Kuai (National Honor Society) and Peter Miabok graduate from Florida Community College Jacksonville Alliance board members, Brian Polding and John Trifileti, along with “Papa Ray” help Lost Boys learn the ropes of filing FASFA applications


Due to the lack of electricity, there was no air conditioning or fans within the classrooms, and the boys were subjected to extremely hot temperatures. The open-air windows built within the mud walls of the school allowed a steady breeze of red dust, often covering their papers and bodies and irritating their eyes. But still they were determined to receive an education. While in the camp, the boys, assumed to be orphans, adopted a common slogan which said, “An education is my only mother and father.” They knew that an education would speak on their behalf when their parents no longer could.

After coming to America, the boys were more determined than ever to continue their education. They realize that an education will not only allow them to secure their futures in America, but it could also help them to one day change the future of their homeland as well. Many of the boys are currently working two jobs while also attending classes full-time. Some sleep as little as two hours a night.


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Lance Hunt (University of North Florida) and Tourea Robinson (FSCJ Foundation-center red shirt) and Alliance Director of Education, Brian Polding (right) volunteer to assist local Lost Boys/Girls in filing out scholarship applications

But still, they manage to achieve good grades, with some having earned places on The Dean’s List and The President’s List at their universities. However, tuition and books are very expensive, especially when most are obligated to send money to friends and family who remain in Africa.

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Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan is a registered 501 C-3 Foundation EIN #59-3808251