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One of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” to Visit Sacramento
One of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” to Visit Sacramento

Deng Jongkuch will Partner with Sacramento-based Non-Profit ImpactAVillage to Educate the Community about South Sudan

Throughout the week of March 17th, Deng Jongkuch will be in Northern California speaking to students about his journey as one of The Lost Boys of Sudan. He will also inform the community about the work of non-profit ImpactAVillage and the recent conflict in South Sudan.

Jongkuch will speak at two schools Tuesday, March 18th. The first engagement is at 8 a.m. at Christian Brothers High School, located at 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820. The second is at 1:45 p.m. at St. Michaels Episcopal Day School. The school is located at 2140 Mission Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608.

He will also speak at an ImpactAVillage Sudanese-themed fundraiser Saturday, March 22nd. The fundraiser will feature Sudanese music, native food, beaded bracelets and weaved placemats from South Sudan, and signed books about the story of Deng Jongkuch as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. The event will start at 10 a.m. in Granite Bay, CA. 

“The speaking engagements are extremely timely as South Sudanese leaders just signed a peace agreement in late January,” said Lisa Wade, President of the Board of Directors for ImpactAVillage. “We are excited that students will have the opportunity to meet Deng and learn about how one person can make an impact on their community.”

The “Lost Boys of Sudan” is the name given to the group of 30,000 boys who were displaced between 1983 and 2003 during the civil war in Sudan. Conflict started between the north and south of Sudan over religion, land and resources. There were more than 2 million people killed in this war. The young boys made long, dangerous treks of over 1,000 miles with little water and food to seek safety at relief camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

In 2001, roughly 3,800 Lost Boys were selected for resettlement in the United States. Deng Jongkuch was part of this group. Deng first returned to his village in the summer of 2005 and was reunited with his family after 18 years.

“I am very excited to spread awareness about who the Lost Boys of Sudan are and how anyone can get involved to make changes in their own communities,” said Deng Jongkuch. “When I first returned to my village I was dismayed to find the poor conditions with no roads, clean water or a school. We have since worked with the villagers to build a school and improve education.”

Deng is the co-author of the illustrated children’s book, “A Story of Hope - My Journey as a Lost Boy of Sudan.” Deng is now a U.S. citizen and has a wife and four children. He worked full time and went to school, graduating from San Jose State University in 2008 and received a Masters Degree in Public Health from Touro University.

In January of 2011, 99.47 percent of South Sudanese voted to separate from the north and become an independent nation called South Sudan, making it the world's youngest country.

“Typically we study history long after it’s happend,” said Laura Lyon, Advancement Coordinator of St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School. “It’s incredible for our students to have the opportunity to hear Deng’s story live and understand it in real-time, considering the peace agreement was just signed.”

Please click the link below for photos and video about South Sudan, the Lost Boys and Deng Jongkuch. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5gsxoh2apq9bp2r/rszN05M0c2

About ImpactAVillage
ImpactAVillage, Inc. is a California-based, 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to improve education and healthcare in communities around the world. ImpactAVillage respects local cultures and the environment and works in ways that inspire awareness, collaboration, empowerment and action. Projects include the building of a primary school in South Sudan, the formation of classrooms for an indigenous community in the Amazon region of Peru, and an educational program for abused women in Thailand. Current projects supported by ImpactAVillage are listed at Impactavillage.org

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Trish Moratto, 916-251-6418 Trish@ThinkActBuy.com