Accomplishments

LBRSS has been building support for education in South Sudan in a steady and continuous manner. Over the past eight years Lost Boys Rebuilding South Sudan has:

-Established the bylaws and procedures to become a legally recognized Not For Profit organization, allowing LBRSS to apply for and then receive 501(3)(c) status from the United States Government in 2008

-Organized a wide variety of fundraising and educational events ranging from movie premiers, formal dinners, walks and lectures. In the process LBRSS has recruited the help hundreds of volunteers who have become powerful advocates for the people of South Sudan

-Developed a presentation team of Lost Boys who have gained public speaking skills in order to share their message of perseverance, fortitude and the role education plays in equipping an individual, a community and a nation for peace. To date they have presented to over 80 audiences, including high schools, universities, corporations, religious organizations and civic groups

-Received recognition by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Resolution No. 546, which was passed to recognize Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan for their “tireless efforts in raising awareness and working towards ending 21st century slavery in their homeland of Sudan and around the world.”

-Installed seven wells throughout Northern Bahr El Ghazal state

-Brought goats to widows in Kanajak, Kangdier, Lanager and Marial Baai so they could create a breeding program to support themselves

-Delivered farming tools to over 100 families in Kanajak

-Participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University five years in a row in order to access help for South Sudan

-Sought and received grants for brick making machines, hoes, chickens and goats

-Co-hosted events for the Southern Sudanese community in Chicago to celebrate the successful election for independence and South Sudan Independence Day on July 9th in Carol Stream

-Researched, financed and opened the Malualkon Community Learning Center (MCLC), an educational compound that consists of a four classroom building, a large veranda for outdoor learning, latrines for male and female students and a well. MCLC currently serves over 600 learners each day. Anyone regardless of age or gender is welcome to learn how to read and write at this facility

-Developed the curriculum, teacher training and program of assessment for the Literacy at the Well program. Literacy at the Well is the intellectual property of Lost Boys Rebuilding South Sudan. LBRSS recruits, trains, hires and deploys local teachers to bring learning opportunities to women and girls who walk long distances each day to wells, then wait in long lines to fill their jerry cans with safe water. The learners then bring the lessons they have learned at the wells home to their families

-Conducted an intensive teacher training program in Aweil in February 2014 to equip over 60 teachers with conflict resolution skills to help their students promote peace. This project was featured throughout South Sudan on SSTV. Portions of this project can be seen on YouTube under the heading “LBRSS Teaching Campaign” which was uploaded by SSTV

-Applied for and received a grant from Lions Clubs International which enabled William Mou to move to South Sudan to oversee the expansion of our literacy programs. Lion William Mou and Executive Director and Lion Wendi Dwyer also secured the charter for Lions Clubs International to provide service work in South Sudan, making this country the 208th nation where Lions Clubs operate. Lions Clubs International Foundation generously expanded its grant to allow for improvements to the MCLC and the construction of the Aweil Community Learning Center.

-Were honored to be recognized by the United States Library of Congress for best practices in “maternal literacy and gender equity” in October 2014.