HELPSudan is an Illinois 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by The Lost Boys of Sudan to restore the hope and dignity of the people still living in and returning to southern Sudan.
Southern Sudan is currently being repopulated by previously displaced Sudanese, due to the recent Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005. The refugees are moving back home to communities without the infrastructure to supply or maintain schools. Due to the lack of resources, communities often become reliant on relief organizations to provide them with basic needs such as food and water. HELPSudan believes that by providing an education the Sudanese will learn to rebuild their communities, preserve their culture, and work together to restore the greatness of Sudan.
HELPSudan serves to fulfill the educational needs of communities in Southern Sudan. Our goal is to provide children in war-torn Southern Sudan with the educational opportunities they deserve, through fundraising based in the United States and supporters that span 4 continents. Our programs include recruiting school administration, integrating community involvement, providing funding to teachers and administrators, constructing school buildings, and drilling water wells for the school campus.
While HELPSudan believes that education is the only long-term solution, we also understand the immediate need for resources such as food and water. So, we drill wells on the school campuses to provide students and the surrounding community a source of clean drinking water. We have also partnered with Catholic Relief Services to provide meals for students.
All of our programs are designed to be owned and operated by the communities that they serve. It is our goal to simply provide the community with the resources they need to build a sustainable program. For instance, the community in Bor built the mud huts at ThianWei and HELPSudan initially provided a stipend for the teachers. As the school grew, the provisional government in south Sudan (GOSS) recognized the success of the program and adopted the teachers’ salaries, but still did not have the resources to provide a permanent structure. So, Jok and a team from HELPSudan travelled to the school to bring building supplies and train the community in Bor to make bricks that will be used for a permanent structure. These initiatives also serve to help us connect with the community and increase their sense of ownership of the school.
Education is the foundational building block for the re-growth and redevelopment of southern Sudan after 20 years of civil war. It is our hope that HELPSudan’s programs will be the catalyst that allows the Sudanese to restore their country to greatness.