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educate, equip, and empower

current and future leaders to transcend division, transform communities, and promote development in South Sudan and Beyond

Raising Current
and Future Leaders

The mission of Undying Hope is educational to impact the people of South Sudan, and beyond, in four spheres of activity: basic education, public health, and healthcare services, leadership development, and spiritual formation.


Decades of civil war devastated South Sudan

Thousands of precious lives were lost, millions became internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the country or refugees in neighboring nations, and many more vulnerable citizens were left in abject poverty facing starvation. During the war, the few health and educational buildings were destroyed, and teachers fled the region—leaving no infrastructure to support education.

  • 70% among ages 14+ are out of school
  • 73% Illiteracy Rate
  • 75% of primary-aged girls are not in school
  • 14% of women die during child delivery (1 in 7), making South Sudan the highest Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the world.
  • 8.4% of infants die at birth (84/1000), placing South Sudan among countries with the highest Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the world.

Our Vision

Due to decades of civil war, the people of South Sudan are grappling with economic hardship, the absence of good schools, poor health care facilities, and a lack of paved roads. Often, classrooms are entirely outdoors. Students use rocks and planks for seating and have only one or two textbooks for all subjects.

Intentional, quality education is the solution to the problems facing war-torn South Sudan. Through education, entrepreneurship, and leadership training, Undying Hope is raising a generation of leaders that can transform the future of South Sudan.

School of Leadership

This four-year boarding school program for girls and boys will weave together a traditional secondary education with leadership and entrepreneurship training. This school will be an opportunity to build relationships across communities, undermining the tribalism that destroys peace in South Sudan and cultivating leaders that have a vision of a brighter future.

Additionally, the UHI Administrative & Coordination office will build relationships with local government, businesses, and communities in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. This office will oversee the work at the school, serve as a strategic networking opportunity, and adapt the leadership training to be used in businesses, government, and other organizations.

South Sudan

Juba—capital city of South Sudan. UHI Administration & Coordination Office


Wau—Guiding Star Leadership Academy


Malakal—Undying Hope International Future expansion


Aweil—Seeds of Hope Orphanage & Elementary School

South Sudan Quick Facts
  • On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan and became an independent sovereign nation
  • The estimated population of South Sudan is 11 Million
  • The estimated total land area of South Sudan is 235.9 sq. miles (nearly size of Texas)
  • Currently, South Sudan has only one paved road outside Juba, the capital, connecting to Kenya and Uganda. A few more roads are on the way.
  • 72% of South Sudan’s population are young adults under the age of 30.
  • South Sudan lacks infrastructure such as good schools, clean water, paved roads, and well-equipped hospitals

You can Help

Community members in Aweil and Wau generously donated construction and farming lands to Undying Hope as their active way of supporting Undying Hope’s vision and mission. We need your support as we build the future of South Sudan.


Theil T. Theil

Founder & Executive Director

Book Theil for a public speaking engagement

Listen to Theil Theil share his incredible story of overcoming the challenges of growing up in a civil war as well as the vision for Undying Hope. He can bring this inspirational message to schools, organizations, churches, groups, etc.