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Who Are the Har Ha Shem Sudanese Lost Girls

[insert photo here] Margaret Atiol, Grace Lokulang, Rabbi Deborah R. Bronstein and Susan Moi

Thank you for your interest in the Lost Girls of Sudan. There are many ways to help the Lost Girls, and below are several suggestions for how you can make a difference. Har HaShem established a scholarship fund for the education needs of the seven women we helped resettle to Boulder.

Articles on the Lost Girls:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2031286.stm
www.peacewomen.org/news/Sudan/Aug04/lostgirls.html
www.refugeesinternational.org/content/article/detail/788/
www.interaction.org/library/detail.php?id=397
http://www.mapendo.org/help_refugee_list.cfm?catpass=1
www.sudantribune.com/article.php3?id_article=8103)

Donate and Advocate:

To make a donation to the Good Samaritan (who for security and safety purposes must remain anonymous) who helped the Lost Girls Congregation Har HaShem resettle, please mail a check made out to Congregation Har HaShem. 100% of your donation will be forwarded to this individual to enable her to assist other Lost Girls. Congregation Har HaShem, 3950 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303.

www.sudan.net/

Jesuit Refugee Services

JRS provides education, peace education, emergency education and psychosocial support in southern Sudan. Read page 11 of their 2005 annual report for a special report on this particular project. JRS has a protection area in Kakuma Refugee Camp for women at risk. Most of the women who come to their gates are Sudanese who have been beaten and abused and are in danger. 

Mapendo International

Visit the website to view a video on Sudanese Lost Girls and to read articles on their plight. Mapendo International identifies, protects and cares for Sudanese girls and women in danger as well as other refugees.

Tukul Crafts

Sudan Care Foundation, Inc.

This group is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, specifically: To relieve poverty and distress by the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Sudan and its neighboring countries; To support community-based economic and social initiatives to develop and strengthen civil society in Sudan; To promote for women and children, equal opportunities in community programs and initiatives; To foster in Sudan the values of democracy and respect for human rights; To educate individuals and organizations around the world about civil society and humanitarian issues in Sudan; To promote programs aimed at the education of indigent and displaced Sudanese.

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

For decades, Kenya has taken in refugees escaping conflicts in nearby African nations, including Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Presently Kenya hosts nearly 250,000 refugees. The refugees are required to live in the Kakuma and Dadaab camps, located in the most remote and inhospitable parts of the country, but for the most vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied women and children, these camps do not always provide security. As a result, thousands are forced to seek shelter in the capital, Nairobi, risking arrest and harassment. In 2002, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK) was founded in response to the need to advocate for durable solutions for the urban refugees and asylum seekers. The mission of the HIAS Refugee Trust is to take on particularly desperate refugee cases, including Sudanese refugees, referred by partner NGOs, and advocate for their protection and passage to safety, through resettlement to third countries or other solutions. In addition, the office provides counseling assistance and support to those referred through its Psychosocial Project. HRTK also enhances refugee protection services by engaging in capacity building among its partner organizations.

South Sudanese Friends International

Grassroots peacemaking and self-reliant living for Southern Sudan. 

The Gurtong Peace Project

The Gurtong Peace Project seeks to establish a South Sudanese Diaspora coalition for the promotion of peace and stability among South Sudanese abroad as well as in Sudan itself. The website aims at providing information on cultural, social, political, humanitarian and other development issues.

American Anti-Slavery Group

AASG fights for the freedom of the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking globally through education, advocacy work, grassroots activism, and direct aid. They have a particular emphasis on Sudan.  

Imatong of Boulder

Imatong of Boulder is a student group from the University of Colorado whose purpose, among other things, is to raise awareness campus- and community-wide of current violations of human rights that cause refugee situations, particularly in Sudan, provide support for refugee students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and to develop cross-cultural understanding to promote the advancement of CU-Boulder's multicultural community. Imatong of Boulder is hosting a conference July 22-23, 2006 on the CU campus. The conference will have presentations with important information on adjusting to life and culture in the United States as a refugee. Many of the presentations will be geared toward Sudanese women refugees. However, the information will be beneficial to all refugees--male and female--and their American friends, sponsors and supporters. Come join us to learn about issues that affect refugees, the conflict in Sudan, and how to create change. Topics will include health, financial planning, education, cultural identity, how you can help make a difference, and many more. 

Rebuild Southern Sudan: CARE

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. It places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

NESI Network

The New Sudanese Indigenous NGOs Network (NESI Network) is an indigenous civilian body comprised of 67 local member organizations operating in various sectors within Southern Sudan. The members join the network on the basis of shared values. The NESI Network whose motto is: Self-reliance and a dignified lifestyle for our people, is a facilitator of change focused on joint efforts towards achieving a just and fair Sudan for all regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion/faith or organizational affiliation.

Project Education Sudan

Their intention is to build, staff, train and supply primary and secondary schools throughout Southern Sudan as funds are available. 

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, IMC rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Friends of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan:

www.coloradolostboysofssudan.com

http://csawco.tripod.com/ 

http://abekcommunityusa.com/Home.htm

www.allianceforthelostboys.org

http://www.azlostboyscenter.org/index.php

http://www.aycda.org/

http://www.madingbor.com/page/page/2062451.htm

http://www.lostboyschicago.com/

www.chierfoundation.org

http://www.dukcounty.com/index.html

http://www.thelostboysfoundation.org/

http://www.sscw.org/

http://trinitydesmoines.com/sudan.html

http://www.southernsudaneseyc.org/