Abraham Awolich

Abraham Awolich

Abraham Awolich has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He specialized in international development management and administration, public organizational management, human resource management, and public finance in developing countries. Abraham was a winner of the World Bank Development Marketplace grant competition for $200,000 in 2007 to build a high school in Southern Sudan. He was also awarded the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award by the National Grid after his graduation in 2006. Abraham is one of the so called “lost boys” of Sudan.

Abraham is the founder and president of Sudan Development Foundation (SUDEF) and is committed to inspiring people—both Americans and members of the Sudanese diasporas—to get involved with development efforts in Southern Sudan. In 2006 after the signing of the peace agreement, he traveled back to Sudan for the first time in nearly 20 years, and the destruction he saw convinced him that Southern Sudan needs access to education and skills in order to recover from decades of war. Abraham is working with his colleagues to address the shortage of skilled manpower in Southern Sudan by building community resource centers that offer both technical and vocational trainings and adult education.

You can talk directly to Abraham at aawolich [at] sudef.org (subject: I%20saw%20you%20on%20The%20Mantle) (aawolich(at)sudef.org) or call 802 825 1248. Visit SUDEF website at: www.sudef.org

Contributors

February 8, 2011

On January 30, the preliminary results of the vote for independence for Southern Sudan were announced. Across Sudan and around the world, Southern Sudanese gathered to celebrate an overwhelming victory. Abraham Awolich presents an eye-witness account of the jubilation in Juba, Southern Sudan's capital, and lays out his hopes and fears for his new nation.

April 13, 2010

Sudan's elections and Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in the words of Southern Sudanese, Abraham Awolich: "This is the moment in history when we can walk tall in our African continent and declare that we are a new nation and a country, born again with a promise to work for the good of her people. We can sound the bells of freedom and democracy in Africa and the Middle East and declare dead the days when it was believed that Africans were incapable of solving their own problems." Read on...