The Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan
After a year or so, it became apparent that this informal organization of volunteers and churches needed to enter the next level, a formal organization for the purpose of fundraising. The young men were growing in stability, but jobs were difficult to find in this economy, education became an essential tool to their lives here and in preparation to return home one day, medical needs were ongoing, and emergencies caught us without the resources to react.
Thus, The Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan was chartered with the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization in 2003. CALBOS formed a Board of volunteers and Lost Boys. The new name speaks more directly to the mission: providing funds for continuing education, medical and emergency needs, and other quality-of-life issues.
In 2006, the organization evolved into one which is headed and run mostly by the Lost Boys themselves. They continue to focus on fundraising for their educations and rebuilding Southern Sudan.
You are encouraged to join the community as a volunteer tutor, provider of medical services, resource for job opportunities and/or training, or as a mentor to this amazing group of young survivors. Contact the Board of Directors for further information.
by Jackie Kraus, used by permission; updated 2007.
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