The Nile Bright Stars take one last summertime plunge
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
“The Nile Bright Stars Academy, a mentoring and soccer program for Chittenden County’s Sudanese refugees, headed out on a field trip to the shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester last weekend, courtesy of Julie and Rich Elmore. Thirteen adults and 27 children attended the event.
Chol Dhoor, of Charlotte, began the Nile Bright Stars Academy last year through the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont, where he is director. He works with student mentors from St. Michael’s College and volunteer soccer coaches to keep kids active and healthy as well as to learn leadership skills from each other.”
Charlotte’s bright star, Chol Dhoor, heads home for the holidays
DECEMBER 15, 2016
“After a long stint of being displaced, Dhoor’s older brother was given permission to settle in Australia, while he headed to Vermont’s Green Mountains. Upon arrival, Dhoor took three courses at the Community College of Vermont before being accepted to attend the University of Vermont. He was awarded the American Dream Scholarship and received a letter from former Governor Madeleine Kunin. “I was inspired by the letter she wrote to me that said I had been chosen because I displayed characteristics of exemplary promise and immense potential to make significant contribution to the United States and the world,” Dhoor said. “That is the line right there that inspires me to work very hard every single day. I keep the letter close to me.”
This is why Dhoor has founded the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont, a registered 501c (3) non-profit organization founded to identify needs facing Sudanese children in Vermont, and to support their families in raising them to fulfill their own dreams, he said.”