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Students of SOAP are Success Stories

Friends of SOAP, there are so many ways you can make a difference in the lives of these underprivileged orphans. With your support, we can continue providing tuition assistance and textbooks for our very deserving students. In some cases, your donation may assist a student with additional funding for food, housing, or medical needs depending on the condition of their living situation.

 

We are currently providing tuition assistance to seven students located in East Africa. Our students display a deep desire to achieve their educational and career goals to elevate their life and their communities. Our goal is to continue providing the necessary funding to aid our exceptional students in achieving these goals. We appreciate your interest in SOAP International and our students.

MALAAK AYUEN

Malaak’s mother died when he was just 4 years old. After her death, his paternal grandmother cared for him until he was displaced during the Sudanese Civil War. For that reason, Malaak had nowhere to go which left him no choice but to turn to a neighboring refugee camp in Ethiopia. Over the years, Malaak lost much of his family and friends to the war. In 1995, Malaak was sent to another refugee camp but in Kenya.

While in Kenya he met SOAP Founder Dut Bior who was also one of the thousands of ‘Lost Boys’ who were thrust out of their homes into refugee camps. The two boys discovered geography, science and hope in a small mud-brick school building. After school let out in the afternoon, they would spend five or more hours devouring book after book and they bonded over their love of learning. In 2006, Dut was chosen to come to the United States to receive an education however; Malaak was not. Before Dut left his mother country and his dear friend, he promised to send Malaak money to help him continue his education.

Malaak continued his education with Dut’s assistance which was socking away money to send to his friend. Shortly after Dut left for the United States, Malaak graduated from the Kakuma Secondary School in Kakuma. In 2012 Malaak graduated from the Ndejje University with a degree in Cooperative & Agribusiness Management. Malaak was the first student SOAP sponsored and the first student to graduate with a college degree.

DENG MALUAL

Deng grew up in the arid desert of the Sudan with his family. When he was a very young boy, he experienced the tragic loss of his mother. Deng’s mother, who was a young women, passed from complications from delivering his younger sister. As a result of that heartbreaking event, Deng moved to Kenya to live with his grandmother who was the only family member available to care for him.

While at his grandmother’s, Deng attended a boarding school which his family funded and he spent every available minute studying books. One day Deng experienced another tragic loss when he learned the organization who was funding his education would no longer be able to assist him. With no hope of ever achieving his dream of earning a degree he reached out to SOAP for assistance.

Deng has grown into a remarkable young man and his incredible drive has resulted in his success both academically and athletically. In the classroom, he maintains exceptional grades in his coursework and earned the Nations Best Pupil Award in 2009 for scoring high on his national exams. Outside the classroom, Deng loves to play basketball. While being sponsored by SOAP, he graduated from the Sunshine Secondary School and is teaching school at the Kakuma refugee camp while his funding for college is sponsored.

AWAK BIOR AJANG

Awak became displaced at a young age as a result of the Second Sudanese Civil War. She had no one to turn to except the Kakuma Refugee camp. Awak grew up in the camp and knows no other life. Life in a refugee camp is especially hard for young girls because they are so vulnerable. Despite the many challenges she has faced, by herself, she has grown into a impressive young women full of hope and plans for her future.

Awak was lucky enough to attend a secondary school at the camp. Up until recently the schools typically did not open their doors to females. She studied very hard and quickly distinguished herself as a student and writer. She has demonstrated an impressive ability to express a thought on paper. Her writing has been a blessing by helping her escape the reality of the camp.

She recently returned to South Sudan with hopes of obtaining a university education. She is currently in her second year at the Kenyatta University. Awak’s biggest hope is to become educated and show other South Sudanese people that there is a hopeful alternative to suffrage. With an education she knows she can create a solution to empower refugee girls who have suffered because of the war.

ACHUEI AGUER

Achuei was born in a Kakuma refugee camp. She lost her dad at a young age. He died from a stroke because he did not receive adequate medical attention. Achuei is currently living in Nairobi and living at a boarding school.

For the past 14 years, Achuei has only known hardship in a refugee camp which has taught her many things. She was devastated by the loss of her dad because he could have been saved with proper medical attention. As a result she has made her life goal to bring knowledgeable medical workers to camps.

Achuei is currently attending the Alliance Girls School with assistance from SOAP. After she graduates she hopes to attend a university to become a neurosurgeon. Her biggest hope is to be a voice of hope to other refugee girls and bring much needed educated medical staff to the camps to solve a major problem she endured herself.

 

 

AKECH ADER

Akech sadly never knew her mom, she passed trying to deliver Akech. One of Akech’s biggest heartaches is not getting an opportunity to get to know the strength of her mom. At that time, Akech was separated from her family and sent to a refugee camp. She grew up in a refugee camp surrounded by thousands of children who have been orphaned or separated from their parents and living a life of uncertainly.

Akech is currently 14 years old and attending a secondary boarding school called St. Hannah in Kenya. Akech takes her studies very serious focusing primarily on her education rather than extracurricular activities. In the classroom, Akech has shown a lot of promise and SOAP is proud to offer her assistance so she can continue her studies.

After she graduates from the boarding school, she hopes to attend a university to become an accountant. Her biggest hope is to be a successful lady and role-model to help reduce the maternal death rate in her area. Every region has advanced however; the maternal death rate in sub-Saharan Africa is still extremely high. Akech wants to ensure other women giving birth have the tools they need to deliver their baby safely.

 

 

ALPHAEUS KOUT

Alphaeus and his family were exiled to a Kenyan refugee camp when he was just eight years old. Alphaeus’s parents were over 50 years old when he arrived at the camp which reduced all available opportunities considerably. As a result, he could only study under a scholarship arrangement at an education level insufficient for professional employment which crushed any aspirations of a hopeful future.

Regardless of his future outlook, he was grateful to participate in the daily teachings at the refugee camp. In 2005 his government and people signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement a diplomatic effort to end the Second Sudanese Civil War. This required Alphaeus to return to his mother county of Sudan with his aging parents to start a new life in his war torn state of Jonglei.

Unfortunately Alphaeus has experienced insecurity and armed unrest from rebels making daily life extremely volatile. He also resulted to low skilled labor to survive but he never stopped seeking a scholarship to attend a university. Alphaeus is currently attending the Cavendish Africa Group University His biggest hope to serve his country and lead peace efforts to bring security to the people of Jonglei.

 

 

DUT JACKSON

Dut was also born a victim of the Sudanese Civil War, which tragically claimed the lives of both of his parents. At a young age he was orphaned with no one to care for him. He truly was left completely destitute and surrounded by the hopelessness of the war and suffrage. He refused to let the brutal civil war claim his life as well, and learned to secure his own survival.

Dut found a way to attend a boarding school where he managed to excel in academics, leadership and sports. While there, he applied for a scholarship through SOAP. Unfortunately, SOAP was unable to fund any additional students and with a very heavy heart SOAP urged Dut to continue applying until they could accept him. Two years later, SOAP accepted Dut based on available funds.

Dut has proven to be a very determined and capable young man. Dut is currently completing O-level at secondary school in Uganda. Proving his worth is a term he refers to often along with his gratitude and deep desire to reward those who have been so kind to bring him from despair. Dut’s goal is to become a highly educated person, so he may change his life and those around him.

 

 

 

MARY AWAK

Mary was also born during the Sudanese Civil War which took many of her loved ones and opportunities away. She like many of her people carry the visible scars of the war. She did have one glimmer of hope that many Sudanese people don’t have which is two living parents. Consequently, neither her parents or herself could afford the basic necessities for survival let alone pay for her education.

Regardless of the hopelessness of her situation and being a wheelchair user, she never lost hope in her dream to earn an education in a place where female literacy rates are the lowest in the world. Scholarships are simply out of reach for females because early pregnancies are a much more likely scenario than completing years of education to earn a high school diploma let alone a degree.

Mary has set herself apart with every opportunity she has been given and continues to set high-standards for herself. Mary is currently attending a secondary boarding school with hopes to attend a university. Mary has inspiration to us all, she is no longer in a wheelchair because of treatment. Her greatest hope is to build a school for displaced children to offer them safety and education.