Salva Dut tells his story of fleeing the civil war in Sudan and explains how that experience led to his current mission — bringing clean drinking water to his home country. Salva was born in a rural village in southwestern Sudan to the Dinka Tribe. At 11 years old, the Sudanese civil war reached his village and separated Salva from his family. He joined thousands of boys, famously known as the “Lost Boys” on their journey by foot to seek safety in a refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. After living in refugee camps for 10 years, Salva was given the opportunity to move to the United States, where he would be embraced by a family in Rochester, NY. A few years later Salva learned that his father was still alive in Southern Sudan but was suffering from a water-borne parasites and disease. This inspired Salva to help his father and his country by bringing clean water to those in need. This was the beginning of Water for South Sudan.
Salva’s story is told in the New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park.
About Water for South Sudan
Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. Water for South Sudan was founded by former “Lost Boy” of Sudan Salva Dut in 2003 in Rochester, NY. Rochester continues to serve as our administrative headquarters. Our Operations Center in Wau, South Sudan is where our local team directs our water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
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