The Sudanese Education Fund (SEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to helping South Sudanese Refugees who have resettled in Massachusetts to access educational opportunities.
In 2001 more than 200 of the "Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan" were settled in the Boston area--only a segment of the nearly 4,000 South Sudanese that were resettled in the United States that year. They were all survivors of the world's longest civil war, during which more than 2 million people perished and so many were displaced from their homes and families. Out of the many volunteers who stepped forward to help this wonderful and diverse community, SEF emerged to provide much needed long-term support for South Sudanese families in Massachusetts.
By 2012 SEF had raised more than 2.4 million dollars. This money has been used for educational grants, a Saturday educational enrichment program for families (with a special focus on children and adult English language learners), citizenship support and tutoring, technology support and services, and to run the South Sudanese Community Center in Arlington.
We have adapted to meet the needs of the South Sudanese community as it has grown throughout the last decade. Our programs now include:
The current organization consists of an Executive Director, an Assistant Executive Director, a Board of Directors, a Community Center Board, a Program Manager, a small staff of tutors and program assistants, and an extensive team of talented volunteers--including many South Sudanese, American and international volunteers.