Partnering with grassroots organizations for 20 years


South Sudanese Friends International (SSFI) is the outgrowth of the vision, scholarship, and professional experience of Drs. Wal and Julia Duany of southern Sudan. Wal and Julia laid the groundwork for SSFI during their peace-making mission to southern Sudan in 1993. They visited cities, refugee camps, and remote areas, and in every place they saw that nine years of civil war had all but destroyed the region. They heard stories of overwhelming hardship and horror. But they also heard ideas about the future. Wal and Julia returned to the United States and founded SSFI in 1994. 

1994 SSFI Founded

1994 SSFI organizes a regional peace conference and delivers humanitarian aid to refugees

1995 SSFI encourages involvement of women in the peace process

1996 SSFI registers as a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation

2000 SSFI funds the creation of a mobile medical clinic

2001 SSFI raises funds to sponsor five aspiring pastors and opens Women Working            


2004 SSFI sends medicine and medical supplies to Pading

2005 The Comprehensive Peace Agreement is signed. SSFI's founders focus their efforts on

       peace and reconciliation work 

2008 SSFI establishes Sport Revolution Girls, an after-school mentor program for girls

2009 SSFI's nursery and pre-primary school, Juba Kidz Zone, is established

2011 South Sudan gains independence

2013 Juba Kidz Zone expands to become The American School of South Sudan (TASOSS)

2014 20th Anniversary of SSFI