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Dut Jok Youth Foundation-College All-Stars Fundraiser Event

Coach Peter Jok during 2014 South Sudanese Youth Summit in Des Moines.

Dut Jok Youth Foundation – College All-Stars Fundraiser Event

The best college three-point shooters in the nation have teamed up with the national champion of the 3 PT contest, Peter Jok, to showcase their skills and raise money for the Dut Jok Youth Foundation!  This event spotlights the finest college basketball players from across the country to see who is the best 3 PT shooter and who can raise the most money for an amazing organization. This event will begin Friday, May 26.

These seniors have partnered to support the Dut Jok Youth Foundation and will give proceeds from this event to fulfill the mission of the Dut Jok Youth Foundation – to fight poverty and violence in South Sudan by empowering the youth to become transformative leaders through access to sports and academics. Specifically, all proceeds will go towards scholarship program and construction of a library. This foundation was founded by Peter Jok’s brother Dau, a former Division I basketball Captain at the University of Pennsylvania.

 The best part of this fundraiser event is that you the fan can participate in three ways:

  • First, you can support your favorite college 3 PT shooter by donating specifically to the player as they compete against each others in a 3 PT Contest (May 26 – June 3)

 

  • Second, you will have an opportunity to personally challenge each of these college athletes in a 3 PT Contest!
    • Bryce Alford – Tuesday, June 6, 6 p.m. (CST)
    • Bronson Koenig – Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. (CST)
    • Peter Jok – Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m. (CST)
  • Third, you can donate to this amazing foundation at any time during the event (May 26-June 8).

 Donations can be received in three ways:

  • Download the free app Get Buckets Live on any Apple device, press the green fundraiser event button, and choose Dut Jok Youth Foundation – College All-Stars Fundraiser Event.
    • Select the player you would like to support in the 3 PT Shooting Contest or;
    • Select to donate and support the Organization.
  • Go to Getbucketslive.com, click on fundraising in the menu bar and choose Dut Jok Youth Foundation – College All-Stars Fundraiser Event. Then either choose a specific player to support or donate directly to the Dut Jok Youth Foundation.Mail your donation to (make checks payable to Dut Jok Youth Foundation):

Dut Jok Youth Foundation

College All-Stars Fundraiser Event

5442 Westwood Dr.

West Des Moines, IA 50266

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

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Letter from Dharjang Monywiir

Letter from Dharjang Monywiir, a young man the Dut Jok Youth Foundation is sponsoring to attend Lodwar High School in Kenya.

I am Dharjang Monywiir and Mrs. Arek Magai. Since war was the order of the day in our home area in Sudan (now South Sudan), our family being as poor as church mice, migrated to Kakuma refugee camp as refugees. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has been supporting not only the war and hungry stricken but also the poor from all corners of the globe.

It was 2007 when I came and started to learn in standard one (first grade), even though I had been to ECD school; my brilliance in school let me to standard two at the end of the same year. I spent two terms (3 terms in a year) in standard three before moving on to standard four the same year. It was determination and hungry for education that let me to pass through quickly.

I was the runner-up in standard four testings. In standard five, I toil and moil and at the end of the first term, I was in standard six in term two and three. In standard seven and eight, I strained every nerve in order to get decent marks that surely I got at the end of last year.

I want to be a lawyer when I will get through my secondary education. I want to take up this career because I want the citizens of my new born country (South Sudan) to be law-abiding and want justice to prevail in their eery day lives.

I grateful for the sponsorship that you (Dut Jok Youth Foundation) have given me since I was just only but a helpless guy, not knowing where the school fees will come from, although I had hoped in God that everything will be as good as gold. For my fellow patriotic citizens who fought tooth and nail with vicious and heartless beings the Arabs who subjected us to inhumanity, I will make sure that justice will always be their shelter and depender for betterment of their future.

I will make sure we take dry grasses and burn all form of corruption in the country. As I will also tell them to put their efforts together since unity is strength for our country to grow economically, as well.

There are many like me but have no means pay school fees. Please help our young so we can prosper and make our country the best it can be.

Thank you!

Dharjang

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Wharton Students Consult for foundation!

The Dut Jok Youth Foundation has moved forward in bringing its mission to fruition through its continued collaboration with individuals at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past five months, the foundation has worked closely with a diverse group of students from the Wharton School of Business to develop a strategic plan that aligns with the foundation’s vision.   The project has provided the DJYF with valuable insights from a business perspective.  After conducting managerially relevant analysis of similar organizations to understand what makes them successful, the group gave the foundation recommendations for the future. It also assisted in the development of the DJYF’s financials and other tools which will be implemented in the foundation’s programs.  The foundation is very grateful for the University of Pennsylvania’s students’ continued support and looks forward to further building this relationship in the future.

 

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Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business

Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business

Sudan, once Africa’s biggest country, has been in conflict for decades. The mainly African south and predominately Arab north fought for almost 40 years over the past six decades over differences in ideology, politics, resources, land and oil.

The most recent war raged from 1983 to 2005, claiming the lives of at least two million people and leaving another four million displaced.

When South Sudan became independent in July 2011, it was supposed to usher in a new period of peace and stability in the region.

But Sudan is still highly unstable with a continuing humanitarian crisis in Darfur in the west and fighting in oil-rich regions bordering South Sudan together known as the “Three Areas”. The country is also recovering from a conflict in the east.

Southern Kordofan is region that used to be the geographical centre of Sudan, but when the south won independence, it found itself on the southern border.

At its heart is the Nuba Mountains where some 50 black African tribes have lived for thousands of years.

There was heavy fighting in the region during the north-south civil war, but the comprehensive peace agreement that ended the conflict never resolved its status.

In a special show, Al Jazeera investigates a hidden war in the remote state of Southern Kordofan in Sudan where rebels are fighting to defend their people against what they say is “genocide”.

Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste travelled to the isolated Nuba Mountains where he found entire communities hiding in caves from a bombing campaign that Khartoum says is aimed only at putting down an armed insurrection.

But the conflict has stopped people from tending their fields and food is running out. Aid agencies have been banned from the region, and the UN warns of a looming humanitarian disaster.

What will happen to the civilians in the Nuba Mountains? What does the crisis mean for Sudan? And why is the crisis in Southern Kordofan not getting the world’s attention?

Joining us to discuss the issues behind the crisis in Southern Kordofan are: Mustafa Osman Ismail, a senior adviser to Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president. Ismail was Sudan’s foreign minister from 1998 to 2005; and Mukesh Kapila, a former UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Sudan from 2003 to 2004.

War is war and the reason why there is war is because rebels are fighting in South Kordofan, they are refusing the election… If they want democracy, we are ready for democracy. If they want political settlement, we are ready for political settlement. But they are taking civilians as shelter. If you have any humanitarian support and you want to send it to the needy people in the Nuba Mountains… we are ready to take it to them now.

– Mustafa Osman Ismail, a senior adviser to Omar al-Bashir

Original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/general/2012/04/2012488184830120.html

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South Sudan ‘sends more troops’ to strife-torn town Pibor

South Sudan’s government says it is sending more troops and police to the town of Pibor, to deal with an outbreak of ethnic violence.

On Saturday, members of the Lou Nuer group attacked Pibor, home to the rival Murle group, in the latest of a series of reprisal attacks over cattle raids.

Tens of thousands of the Murle fled.

Some 6,000 Lou Nuer fighters are chasing them, reportedly to take revenge for previous attacks and to rescue dozens of abducted children.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has called on them to stop their advance.

Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says it is “extremely worried” after losing contact with some 130 staff in Pibor.

A hospital and other parts of the town were set alight on Saturday.

The BBC has learnt that some of the displaced – mainly women, children and the elderly – have been killed although it has not been possible to verify how many.

The government said it was deploying more troops and an additional 2,000 police to Pibor.

Military spokesman Col Philip Aguer said: “The 2,000 police are being sent within the next 24 hours. Troops will be deployed as soon as possible.”

The UN had sent more more peacekeepers to defend the town on Friday following reports that the armed Lou Nuer men were approaching.

But questions will be asked as to why hundreds of South Sudanese soldiers and UN troops were unable to protect Pibor, says the BBC’s East Africa correspondent Will Ross.

Power struggles
 
A spokesman for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told the BBC they had only been able to get in touch with 13 members of staff, and believe the rest fled into the bush to escape the attack.

Parthesarathy Rajendran urged both sides in the conflict to respect MSF facilities because the charity was the only health-care provider in the area.

Almost all the residents of Pibor had also already fled amid fears of an impending assault.

Six thousand fighters from the Lou Nuer group have been marching through Jonglei state in recent weeks, setting fire to homes and seizing livestock.

The entire town of Lukangol was burnt to the ground last week. About 20,000 civilians managed to flee before the attack, but dozens were killed on both sides.

About 1,000 people have been killed in Jonglei in recent months, during inter-ethnic fighting, triggered by the cattle raids.

The governor of Jonglei state and the vice-president of South Sudan have been trying to mediate between the rival ethnic groups.

South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011 following decades of civil war with the north.

One legacy of the conflict is that the region is still flooded with weapons.

These are now being used in tribal power-struggles, which often focus on cattle because of the central role they play in many South Sudanese communities.

So far, the South Sudanese authorities appear unable to make any progress in tackling the problem.

Original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16377824

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