The Story Behind the Cause
Gabriel Bol Deng, our Founding Executive Director, has overcome unbelievable obstacles in life. He was 10 years old when North Sudanese militiamen led a violent attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He fled into a forest, not knowing the fate of his parents or siblings. After his escape, Gabriel embarked on a perilous four-month long journey, crossing the Nile River and untold miles of desert; surviving disease and devastating hunger to reach the Dimma Refugee Camp in Ethiopia.
HOPE for Ariang Foundation is 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing South Sudanese with inclusive access to education, opportunities, and resources, with a special focus on girls – One village at a time.
HOPE for Ariang Foundation was founded by Gabriel Bol Deng. Due to civil war in Sudan, Gabriel was resettled in the United States through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in 2001 (read his full life-story here).
The Board of Directors plays a critical role in moving the mission of HOPE for Ariang Foundation forward.
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HOPE for Ariang Foundation recognizes the obstacles for a student to continue learning after completing their primary education at Ariang Primary School. The obstacles become even harder for a young girl in South Sudan. In order to provide increased opportunities for Ariang Primary School graduates to attend secondary school, HOPE for Ariang is launching a new scholarship program for qualified students.Students will be selected through an application and interview process where grades, teacher recommendations, school attendance, and motivation are considered. Students will be admitted to a local secondary school with the option of boarding, especially for our female students.