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The California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation is a non-profit organization based in San Diego. The foundation fosters community-based assistance to San Diego Lost Boys and provides school supplies, teaching products, and school uniforms to Awoda Primary School in South Sudan.
The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan began their journey in 1987 when the Khartoum Government attacked their villages. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement stated that Khartoum Government factions began to attack peaceful villages in South Sudan, kidn
The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan began their journey in 1987 when the Khartoum Government attacked their villages. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement stated that Khartoum Government factions began to attack peaceful villages in South Sudan, kidnapping young males to use as front-line troops in battle zones or to walk through minefields. Fearing it would target them as potential combatants, many boys left their villages for refugee camps in Ethiopia. Some traveled with friends or relatives; others slipped away at night. Few knew what lay ahead, believing their journey would last only a few days. Continually under threat, they fled for their lives, often losing their way, until due to hunger and lack of sleep, they could go no farther and sat down by the roadside, in danger of becoming prey for lions and other wild animals.
The survivors who reached refugee camps in Ethiopia began to lead relatively peaceful lives again. But this was not to last. Following the change of government in Ethiopia in May 1991, the Sudanese youths were forced to flee again. This time the journey occurred during heavy rains, and many perished crossing the swollen rivers or were hit by aerial bombardments. Hungry, frightened, and weakened by sleeplessness and disease, they went to camps in South Sudan, where they received help from the International Committee of the Red Cross. From there, they then traveled on foot to safety in northern Kenya. Since 1992, UNICEF has reunited nearly one thousand two hundred boys with their families. But thousands more have remained in the dusty, fly-ridden refugee camp at Kakuma, where they have had to scrape for food and struggle for education.
By 2000, three thousand Lost Boys began the formal resettlement process in the United States. Approximately one hundred Lost Boys currently reside in San Diego, California.
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California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation
1253 Broadway #351, El Cajon, California 92021, United States
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Our 501(c)(3) number is: 27-2614407