A Ray of Hope for Vulnerable Kids
in South Sudan

Dear family and friends,

Sudanese civil war devastated the South. Homes and livelihoods, as well as many lives, have been lost. Its biggest victims are always vulnerable children. Little boys and girls were orphaned, and they now roam the streets of the country looking for food to avoid starvation. Extreme poverty and lack of quality education are dimming hope, delaying development, and destroying the future of South Sudan. 

But can these little ones hold on long enough before help arrives? 

Nowhere is the war-induced plight of children more evident than in the Northwestern town of Aweil in South Sudan. As if that was not enough, recent conflicts following South Sudan’s secession from Sudan ravaged the city further. The negative impact of these tragedies is felt in Aweil even today. 

Little Dut is a testimony to the effect of those crises. His parents were killed in the civil war, leaving him the burden of caring for his younger siblings. He now lives on the streets of Aweil and collects empty bottles to sell for food. In some cases, Dut eats leftovers from garbage with his siblings. There is obviously no chance to go to school. 

Interestingly, Dut believes that education can change his life, although it is difficult to access it in South Sudan. As seen in the photo, writing the letters of the English alphabet on the ground is a sign of his potential.

Of South Sudan’s roughly 11 million people, 41 % are children aged between 0 and 14. 4.2 million of that percentage need urgent assistance due to homelessness. With the World Food Program predicting a hunger emergency for 8.3 million South Sudanese, we can expect the worst if nothing is urgently done. And children, as usual, will bear the most incredible pain. The future of South Sudan is at stake. 

A safe home and food are all that are needed. Children are the future of a nation. Yet, neglecting them leads a nation to destruction. A recent report by Reuters says 3000 children in Juba lack a home and something to eat. This number could be higher in Aweil and many towns in South Sudan. By providing a safe home and food to street children, we give them a chance at life and grow into productive citizens. In so doing, we prevent homelessness and extreme hunger from killing the future of South Sudan – the children.    

Because of the enormous problem of hunger and homelessness in South Sudan, Undying Hope is setting up Seeds of Hope Elementary school and Orphanage in Aweil, South Sudan. And just this April, Undying Hope provided monthly meals to 38 children and vulnerable people at its Aweil Compound. We believe that a home, food, and basic education for vulnerable children, will provide a safe environment for their development into servant leaders who will build a peaceful, united, and prosperous country. 

Therefore, your generous support to Undying Hope will provide needy children with education and hot meals. This way, you become part of the legacy of building a better South Sudan where there is prosperity for all. And Undying Hope will continue to be a ray of hope for vulnerable children in South Sudan. 

The Theils & Undying Hope

My daughter, Ayan (AKA Nina) turned two years old today. Yay!! Nina was born on April 15. She is a Tax Day lady!

My wife got a part-time job as a cook at a school. In South Sudan, we say she is “a good cooker” Smile! Our son, Thomas, is adjusting well to his new school. Def. misses his friends at the South River High School but fell in love with food in Texas. I am doing well and excited about Undying Hope’s May trip to East Africa with a team from the US. Thankfully, my family is at the tail-end of our transition. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. 

Undying Hope 2022 Student Scholarship Program is making progress. We have raised 80%, 20% to go. 

If you feel led to contribute financially or want to explore and learn about Undying Hope, please click here! The flyer below provides specific information about our scholarship fundraising campaign. Every dollar gets us closer to our goal and makes a difference!

3 Nuggets of Undying Hope

No one wins a war suggesting that war is a friend to no one. Innocent citizens suffer tremendously and pay a high price during and after the war, especially vulnerable children and women.

Sudan’s civil war and recent two conflicts set South Sudan back economically and forced myriads of citizens into homelessness, streets, and camps.

Recent South Sudan conflicts gave birth to many widows, orphans, and disabilities. Unfortunately, countless orphans are wandering in the streets aimlessly and helplessly instead of being in classrooms acquiring education and gaining knowledge and skills.

Undying Hope desires to provide education to orphans, people with disability, and severe economic hardship. We will not do everything, but we can do something.

Ignite hope and keep it burning. Don’t give up, and never let your hope for a better future die!

Development and prosperity of any nation depend on the quality of education. It’s where the rubber meets the road. If students are not getting a quality education, then the notion of hope for a better tomorrow is merely wishful thinking. No education, no development. It’s as simple as that.

Undying Hope is centered around education because we believe education drives development. Chinese Proverb tells us, “If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”

Together, we can plant seeds of hope for South Sudan and beyond!

A few days ago, I listened to Astranuat Mark Vande Hei talking about his experience during lengthy time in the Space (355 days).
One of the questions Geof Bennett asked Astranuat Hei was: How did he became an astronaut? He replied saying, “You’ve got to apply…It doesn’t hurt to try, it’s just some of your time!”

It doesn’t hurt to try!

More often than not, we give up too soon and too easily. Sometimes, we give up when we are a step away from a breakthrough.
Undying Hope is a journey of hope, love, resilience, and grit. Giving up is not an option. My wife Aluel and I will keep trying because it doesn’t hurt. We will keep watering seeds of hope for a better future until God calls us home.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12

Until Friday, May 6th, take care of yourself and each other! 

Wishing you and your family a memorable and joy-filled Easter 🙂 

With love and gratitude 
Theil & Aluel (my wife’s name is pronounced Al-well)

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