Help us in the home stretch!

A permanent primary school for 300 children costs $200,000 to build, including 4 classrooms, latrines, teacher accommodations, offices and kitchen/storage.

Current school in South Sudan

A group of students in South Sudan

Borehole for hand-pumped water: $15,000
Desks and furniture for one school: $10,000

Want to be a child sponsor?

Desk seating for one student: $50
Literacy kit and art supplies for one student: $35

Want to add blocks for a building?

One cement block: $20

Or mail your tax-deductible gift to:

Mothering Across Continents
15105-D John J. Delaney Dr. #146
Charlotte, NC 28277
Make checks payable to Mothering Across Continents, with "Raising Sudan" in the memo line.

The Need:

From 1984 to 2005, the Second Sudanese Civil War raged. Nearly 30,000 boys in South Sudan were orphaned and/or displaced when their villages were attacked. They fled to refugee camps, where they grew up and became known as the "Lost Boys of Sudan." In 2001, about 3,800 Lost Boys were specially invited to come to the U.S. and begin new lives.

Lost Boys James Lubo Mijak of Charlotte and Ngor Kur Mayol of Atlanta promised they would not forget their villages. Working with Project Catalysts Karen Puckett and Judy Maves and sponsor Phillips Bragg, they are raising funds for two permanent schools that will serve 600+ children and include classrooms, latrines, teacher housing, a water source and kitchen.

The Dream:

In South Sudan, 2 percent of boys and 1 percent of girls graduate from primary school. In some areas, 90 percent of adults can't read. Children take classes under trees or in grass huts. Each permanent school ($200,000) is an anchor around which a village will develop and the future can shift from a history of hardship to one of hope.

James Lubo Mijak

Former Lost Boy of Sudan
James Lubo Mijak (Charlotte, NC)

Ngor Kur Mayol

Former Lost Boy of Sudan
Ngor Kur Mayol (Atlanta, GA)

Nathaniel Nyok

Former Lost Boy of Sudan
Nathaniel Nyok (Atlanta, GA)

Karen & Judy with Sudanese soldiers

Project Catalysts Karen Puckett and Judy
Maves, surrounded by Sudanese soldiers

Girls of the Nyarweng School

Girls of the Nyarweng village

Learning Under the Trees

School under the trees

Traditional Sudanese School

A traditional school structure,
which might last one year

Rations of Hope

Rations of Hope

Every two weeks, the Lost Boys received rations: a cup of dried beans, about 6 lbs. of flour, some oil, and occasionally two spoons of salt. Each day, one boy in a group of ten would prepare the one meal of the day. They had beans on some days and bread on others. Yeast was not available so they left the bread dough to rise in the sun. When the rations ran out, they went without food. Before they ate, they thanked God for the meal and prayed for peace, health and protection. Click on the image of the rations to download a recipe for beans and bread to help you understand the Lost Boys of Sudan experience.