The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan were introduced to St. Michael’s and the Corporal Works of Mercy by Bishop John Dolan in 2015 when he was Pastor at St. Michael’s.
The Lost Boys and Girls began their journey in 1987 when their villages were attacked by the Khartoum government. Many young boys and girls fled their villages for refugee camps in Ethiopia. Some traveled with friends or relatives, and others slipped away on their own at night. Few had any idea of what lay ahead of them, believing that their journey would last only a few days.
The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan walked more than 1,000 miles to safety and toward the dream of a safe and peaceful life.
By the year 2000, 3,300 Lost Boys and Girls began the formal process of resettlement in the United States. Approximately 100 Lost Boys currently reside in San Diego. These Lost Boys and Girls are pursuing degrees in local colleges and universities and working in a variety of fields.
Our Corporal Works of Mercy Ministry assists the Lost Boys with programs such as educational scholarships, dental-care funding, emergency assistance, and a speakers bureau that provides public speaking to raise awareness of the journey and plight of the Lost Boys and Girls.
The Lost Boys and Girls of San Diego feel so blessed by all the opportunities they have, that they are now giving back to their communities in Sudan who have not had the same opportunities.
The Awoda School in South Sudan is the current benefactor of our most recent fundraiser, “The 1,000 Mile Celebration." Through the generosity of our parish, the school is receiving new desks, chairs, books, school supplies, uniforms, and a daily nutritious meal.