Empowering Rural Villages in South Sudan

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Sudan Development Foundation, SUDEF is a non-profit working in South Sudan in partnership with rural villages to improve their quality of life.  Our community based approach recognizes the resilience, the shared responsibility and the on-going commitment necessary to establish self-reliant, healthy communities that build lasting peace.

Creating solutions to the challenges of rural development requires working together with communities, local government and other NGO’s to create a long term commitment beyond the life of the initial project.

The people of South Sudan are moving forward and building a new nation.  They have shown incredible resilience, commitment and fortitude.  Please join us in helping them building healthy, independent and productive communities and a promising future.

Empowering the people of Southern Sudan

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SUDEF partners with local villages in rural South Sudan to develop projects that sustainably improve the quality of life through health, education and economic development.

Meet Ajok.  She is one of the many women in Kalthok and the surrounding villages whose life and child was saved by the Kalthok Clinic’s health services.

SUDEF began in 2007.  Abraham Awolich, SUDEF’s founder and Executive Director returned to South Sudan in 2006 to find his family.  Here is his story...

Thanks to the Vermont Common’s School and Mark Cline-Lucy’s class of 2012 for their “go viral video campaign” to raise awareness about the story of many Sudanese and the work of SUDEF.

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Abraham Awolich visits the Burlington Free Press on Friday to talk about the situation in South Sudan ahead of his scheduled speech Sunday at the University of Vermont. / JESSIE FORAND/Free Press       Written byJESSIE FORAND Free Press Staff Writer