Above: Promotional graphic for the San Diego Lost Boys Festival on November 21, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at the University of San Diego.
In 1987, a civil war drove an estimated 20,000 young boys from their families and villages in South Sudan. Most just six or seven years old, they fled to Ethiopia to escape death or induction into slavery and the northern army. They walked more than a thousand miles through lion and crocodile country, eating mud to stave off thirst and starvation. Wandering for years, half of them died before reaching a Kenyan refugee camp- Kakuma.
The survivors of this tragic exodus became known to the world as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Through the next fourteen years of loss and suffering, these remarkable young men pursued their educational goals in the UN refugee camp. In 2001, close to four thousand Lost Boys came to the United States seeking peace, freedom, and education.
The Lost Boys of Sudan Project is an initiative aimed at improving the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan and the larger community of Southern Sudanese in San Diego, throughout the country, and abroad. The project is a forum where supportive citizens, organizations and institutions unite, working together to help the Lost Boys actualize their goals and dreams. The ultimate dream held within the project is for the San Diego Lost Boys to obtain and manage a free standing Lost Boys Center. The San Diego Lost Boys Center, then, will be the physical location for various meaningful programs.
Some of the programs currently being designed respond to the Lost Boys’ individual and collective needs. Programs being designed at this time include cultural awareness, community solidarity and support, educational and career development, educational scholarship, mentoring, enhancement of life through the arts, mental health and prevention.
The San Diego Lost Boys Festival is designed to bring community awareness to the Lost Boys population residing in San Diego. The festival will provide guests with an opportunity to learn more about the Lost Boys through personal interaction, video presentation, panel of Lost Boy speakers, and a drum circle. Through community participation and awareness the Lost Boys hope to get the support needed from those in the San Diego community.
Location: Student Life Pavilion- Third Floor, University of San Diego
From the North: Use I-5 South, exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd. and proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd. Turn right on Morena, left on Napa, and left on Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the second stoplight to USD's East entrance, turn left and enter campus.
From the South (or the airport): Use I-5 North, exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East) Stay to the right and follow the signs for Morena Blvd. Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the third stoplight to USD's East entrance, turn left and enter campus.
From the East: Use I-8 West, exit at Morena Blvd., go right onto Linda Vista Rd. and travel to the third stoplight to USD's East entrance, turn left and enter campus.
From the airport: The campus is a ten minute cab ride (approximately $15.00).
Once you have entered campus, please pick-up a visitors parking pass (free) from the kiosk located at the main entrance to USD or visit the Parking Services Department and be sure to leave extra time to park. Please park in the Mission Parking Structure (#47 on the map) and proceed to the Student Life Pavilion (“SLIP” on the map), the first building on the west side of the Mission Parking Structure. Take the stairs or elevator in the Student Life Pavilion to Floor 3 and join us for the reception in the Courtyard.