In 1984, my family came to the United States as refugees, but our lives were devoted to building peace back home in South Sudan. I founded South Sudanese Friends International because I firmly believe that the best way to help South Sudan is to involve local people in projects that teach them how to help themselves.
Our strategies are based on the conviction that the people of South Sudan have a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and skills serves as the basis for creating prosperous and peaceful lives. I'm especially proud that a new generation of Sudanese is embracing our vision. The American School of South Sudan is one example.
In the years ahead, SSFI plans to establish leadership and conflict resolution programs, medical outreach, and literacy centers in the small towns of South Sudan. Our work is funded through the generosity of individual donors and partner organizations.
Experience with us the joy of hearing people say, "Yes! We can do this work ourselves!"
- Julia Duany, Ph.D.