Welcome to SUDFUNDVT!

Sudanese Foundation of Vermont (SUDFUND VERMONT) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit private organization founded on April 30, 2016 to create economic opportunities and partnerships with local organizations to invest in children to succeed academically and athletically from preschool to college in Vermont. SUDFUND VERMONT relies on individual and private tax deductible donations to support kids and advocate for equal access to services (healthcare, justice, employment & education) and promotion of social and cultural events that bring families and friends together.

Our Mission
Our mission is to make Vermont a permanent home of opportunities for all and advocate for social, educational, health and economical well being for all minorities. SUDFUND VERMONT promised to work with individuals, local, social and racial responsive organizations to provide educational, mental health, college scholarships, summer camps, mentoring programs, physical health, and promotion of social and cultural events that brings families together.

Our Visions

  • Support FRIENDS OF OPPORTUNITY scholarship fund
  • Buy school books and materials for kids in K-12
  • Train women group in self-supporting business skills to earn income
  • Work with schools, employers, landlords and law enforcement agencies to support families with limited access
  • Advocate for translation of documents, policies and processes for equitable access to information and resources
  • Research available resources and share with community members
  • Help in mental health assessment and coordinate appropriate referrals to health agencies and hospitals for treatment
  • Organize social and cultural events that brings families and kids together
  • Ensure kids and families live in a lead-safe houses and parents know their rights
  • Work closely with schools and families to monitor kids’ educational progress and needs
  • Coordinate individualized rehabilitation from state owned facilities to the community
  • Support home-based mentoring program from elementary, middle to high school

Two Countries ONE Community

Nile Soccer Academy at a Lake Monsters game

The first Sudanese refugees arrived in Vermont in 1999, but majority of them came as a group of young men famously known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan” in the early 2000 through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP). The Sudanese Community in Vermont ended up here because of the challenging events of the early 1980s. On May 16th, 1983, a civil war broke out between Southern Sudan and Northern Sudan. This war regrettably displaced millions of people from their homes, especially in Southern Sudan. Many lived in displaced camps in Southern Sudan and eventually fled to refugee camps in neighboring Kenya, Ethiopian, Uganda and Egypt. In a refugee camp, their cases were vigorously screened for over two years by the U.S government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) before they were granted a rare opportunity to be resettled in Vermont on humanitarian grounds by the US government.

You can imagine what it was like to come from a refugee camp straight to Vermont without anyone they knew. But that was not an issue. Many Vermonters and churches welcomed these young strangers and hosted them for weeks at their homes. Through these host families, churches and friends, we built relationships that helped us to go to schools, get jobs, driving licenses, housing, and provided family support services. Our resettlement in Vermont would have been incredibly challenging had it not been for these generous friends in our communities.

Since then, we established the Sudanese (South & North) Community Living in Vermont (SCIVT) as a platform to adapt to a new home and host future new arrivals. Little did they know that what they created would serve as an informal outreach to state and local organizations to rebuild their lives in a new home. Although the challenges of a new home were enormous, they work hard to achieve one of the pillars of the American dream, the education. Most of them went on to schools and earned the highest possible colleges degrees in various fields. Today, our community grew from just few young men to families and kids. While we achieved many things in our community, we realized that a targeted kids’ mentorship, summer camps, college scholarships, decent jobs, housing, and other family support services are still a great priority in our young community. 

In order to address these challenges, the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont, Inc. (SUDFUNDVT) was established on April 30th, 2016 as a community tool to launch intensive outreach and address problems facing families to raise successful children.

  Megan Beatty, Next Achiever Mentor and Coordinator

Megan Beatty, Next Achiever Mentor and Coordinator
Megan Beatty, Next Achiever Mentor and Coordinator

My name is Megan Beatty. I am currently a freshman at Saint Michael’s College, and am originally from Westford, Massachusetts. I’ve always loved working with children. I have many young cousins, which is how I discovered this passion.

During the summer, I teach swim lessons and am a camp counselor to kids between the ages of three and 12 years old. So, I jumped at the opportunity to continue my work with children during the school year through this program, because I wanted to and because I feel this is the area in which I can make the greatest difference.

Though I specialize in working with kids, I am passionate about people in general. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about different types of people, as well as their countries and cultures, in my Anthropology class this semester. Two other passions of mine include peace studies and nonviolence, which I am minoring in at Saint Michael’s, and community service. I was co-president of my high school’s community service team, and am now involved with MOVE, the main service organization on campus. 

In my spare time, I often curl up with a blanket and read a book, listen to music, or watch movies with some friends.

Healthy Lifestyle Through Sports

Keeping kids active through sports is our mission. The Nile Soccer/Basketball Academy a community based sport program run by a group of dedicated volunteer coaches. Our soccer programs are on the weekends.J

Join Our Team

We are currently looking for experienced soccer and basketball coaches. Your gift of time would be greatly appreciated. Please send us an email at info@sudfundvt.org if you would like to join our ALL-STAR volunteer coaches team. Be sure to find us on twitter and Facebook for timely updates.

The foundation is encouraged by the support of the following soccer and basketball coaches:

  • Peter Abolich Keny
  • Yuol Herjok Yuol
  • Ismail Mohamed

Latest Blog Posts

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Seeking Masks Donation

Seeking Masks Donation

Please send us an email at info@sudfundvt.org if you would like to make a donation. Don’t forget to share this drive with friends. Sudanese #Foundation of Vermont (SUDFUND VERMONT)

Defeat Covid-19 Campaign

Defeat Covid-19 Campaign

Our primary goal at SUDFUNDVT is to use available resources from the health professionals and agencies to educate the public about the real risks of COVID19 to you, coworkers and family members. Protecting yourself and those around you is a critical step in reducing or stopping of the spread of […]

STOP SPRAD OF COVID19

STOP SPRAD OF COVID19

March 12, 2020 The Sudanese Foundation of Vermont is appealing to the members of the community to take Social Distancing measures seriously. Everyone must wash their hands. You must seek medical advice as soon as possible if have a fever, cough, body ache or difficulties in breathing. Our primary goal […]

Announcing Sudanese Festival

Announcing Sudanese Festival

The Sudanese (South and North) Community of Vermont is pleased to announce the Cathedral Church of St Paul and the Jubilee Justice and Community Outreach Committee will be holding the Sudanese Festival Fundraiser on 4/27/2019 at 4:00PM. This fundraiser will provide summer camp scholarships to 14 kids. Our goal is to […]

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