Why Sudan. Why now.
South Sudan is an endangered nation. Ravaged by war, its people have been scattered across the region and the world in the fastest-growing refugee crisis on Earth.
But it is in them, these millions of displaced survivors, that a new future is possible.
At Refugee Campus, we believe the key to that new start is in education. Education goes beyond aid. It creates sustainability. It enables people to build better lives for themselves and their families. It empowers the future leaders of these communities. It allows minds and opportunities and an entire nation to grow.
Refugee Campus is an education program that provides individual scholarships to Sudanese refugees. We are committed to creating a deep, lasting impact in the face of ongoing violence and civil war. And we believe the route to that level of impact starts with focus—with big efforts on a small scale.
In its inaugural year, our program will focus on a carefully selected group of participants, providing full tuition for 10 refugees—individuals who have shown exceptional drive and ambition but lack the means to pay for school.
Our scholars will include refugees of different education levels, from children pursuing a primary school education to adults pursuing university degrees. The common factor between all of them will be a passion for learning and an ambition to help others.
As our program grows, this opportunity will extend to more and more refugees, but the effect of this work—the number of lives it touches—will expand long before that. Our program is about empowering the future leaders in these communities. It is about enabling them to build better lives for themselves and the others around them. It is about giving them the opportunity to create lasting change.
Our scholars have seen their families, their villages, and their nation torn apart by civil war. They understand on the deepest level the dangers of prejudice and corruption. Their voices, their stories, and their wisdom are essential in the continued struggle for peace. In them is the hope to repair their own communities and rebuild the nation they called home.
Join us in taking a stand for the millions of lives affected by the refugee crisis—and empowering those who can change it.
Manyang Kher started Refugee Campus as part of his organization the Humanity Helping Sudan Project, which is dedicated to providing sustainable aid for refugees who, like him, were displaced by the violence in Sudan.
Manyang's earliest memories are of war, death, and a struggle to survive. At age 3, Manyang became one of the Lost Boys, the name given to the 20,000 children who were displaced and orphaned by the civil war in Sudan. For 13 years, Manyang lived in refugee camps along the Ethiopian border, where hunger, fear, and abuse were part of his daily life. At age 17, he was given a chance to at last leave all that behind and emigrate to the United States.
Manyang knew he was one of the lucky ones. And he was determined to not take that for granted.
In the U.S., Manyang poured himself into his studies and eventually earned his degree in international law at the University of Richmond. While still in school, Manyang started Humanity Helping Sudan Project to improve the lives of those still struggling to survive in the camps he left behind.
Manyang started 734 Coffee to help fund Humanity Helping Sudan Project's programming. Today, Humanity Helping Sudan Project runs on-the-ground programs at refugee camps across the region, providing fishing and agricultural aid, community gardens, and education programs that currently reach over 40,000 displaced people.
As the founder and executive director of Humanity Helping Sudan Project, Manyang leads a team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about finding an end to the refugee crisis and helping improve the lives of those affected by it.