By the year 2000, 3,300 Lost Boys began the formal process of resettlement in the United States. Approximately 100 Lost Boys currently reside in San Diego, California. The Lost Boys are pursuing degrees in local colleges and universities, and working in a variety of fields.

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California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation in San Diego

The California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation non-profit
History of Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls.
The Lost Boys and Girls began their journey in 1987, when their villages were attacked by Khartoum Government. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement stated: Factions began to attack peaceful villages, kidnapping young males to use as front line troops in battle zones or to walk through minefields. Fearing they would be targeted as potential combatants, many boys left their villages for refugee camps in Ethiopia. Some traveled with friends or relatives, 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. Continually under threat, they fled for their lives, losing their way in the w by hunger and lack of sleep that they could go no further and sat down by the roadside, in danger of becoming prey for lions and other wild animals.
The survivors who reached refugee camps in Ethiopia began to lead relatively peaceful lives again. But this was not to last. Following the change of government in Ethiopia in May 1991, the Sudanese youths were forced to flee again. This time the journey occurred during heavy rains, and many perished crossing the swollen rivers or were hit by aerial bombardment. Hungry, frightened and weakened by sleeplessness and disease, they made their way to camps in Sudan, where they received help from the International Committee of the Red Cross. From there, they then traveled on foot to safety in northern Kenya. Since 1992, UNICEF has been able to reunite nearly 1,200 boys with their families. But thousands more have remained in the dusty, fly-ridden refugee camp at Kakuma, where they have had to scrape for food and struggle for education.


By the year 2000, 3,300 Lost Boys began the formal process of resettlement in the United States. Approximately 100 Lost Boys currently reside in San Diego, California. The Lost Boys are pursuing degrees in local colleges and universities, and working in a variety of fields.

Daniel Yamun Ukang, president of the CSLBGF, and Koor Gai, vice president welcome to you to California Sudanese Lost Boys & Girls foundation non-profit in San Diego. We are non profit 501c3.

The California Lost Boys and Girls Foundation (CLBGF) is a non-profit organization that fosters community-based assistance to The Lost Boys of Sudan living in San Diego County. With the help of Father John Dolan, Pastor at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poway, Dr. Lisa Petronis, a San Diego psychologist, the San Diego Lost Boys from Sudan founded the California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation.
The California Lost Boys and Girls Foundation aims at improving the lives of Lost Boys of Sudan and the larger community of Southern Sudanese in San Diego, throughout the country, and abroad. The project is a forum where supportive citizens, organizations and institutions unite, working together to help the Lost Boys actualize their goals and dreams. The ultimate dream held within the project is for the San Diego Lost Boys to obtain and manage a free-standing Lost Boys Center. The San Diego Lost Boys Center, then, will be the physical location for various meaningful programs. Some of the programs currently being designed respond to the Lost Boys' individual and collective needs. Programs in place at this time include educational scholarships, dental care funding and emergency assistance, and speaker's bureau.