Voices for Sudan Inc. (VFS) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt registered non-profit organization that helps members of the Sudanese diaspora support U.S. foreign policy toward both Sudan and South Sudan. That policy, as expressed by Ambassador Donald E. Booth, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, is to support two countries, at peace internally, with each other, and with the region…a prosperous future in which all Sudanese and South Sudanese citizens are respected, protected, and have a say in the governance of their respective countries.
VSF needs your help to continue to be part of this peaceful effort. On December 18th 2014, we celebrated our fifth anniversary. During those five years we moved from being an advocacy organization to being more diaspora service-oriented – helping Sudanese and South Sudanese living in the U.S. and Canada better engage with the media and with elected public officials, become more involved and integrated into public policy and events, and fund raise more effectively for their own advocacy efforts.
VFS has five main programs: Advocacy Training (advocacy, media relations and fundraising); Public Engagement (visits with pubic policymakers, administration officials and “think tanks”); Restore Hope (travel internationally to visit with refugees; e.g., Israel and Ethiopia); Columbia University Student Partnership (such as annual trainings we offer to School of International and Public Policy students); and Civil Society Engagement (providing key information to participants in world forums).
Now we are turning to you to help us meet our goal of raising $180,000 to increase our activities and reach more of the Sudanese diaspora by establishing branches in New York, Boston and Arizona; expanding our current activities in Portland, Maine, Seattle, Washington and Dallas, Texas; enhancing our program in Canada; and increasing our activities internationally – such as the Sudanese civil society conferences in which we’ve participated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and upcoming conference in Switzerland. Added to these successful activities are our ongoing roundtable discussions at our Washington, D.C. headquarters, and our summer internship program for local university students. For more information on VFS, please see my 2011 interview with Voice of America “Focus” host Ndimyake Mwakalyelye on YouTube.
As Sudan continues its bombing campaigns and violence against civilians, and South Sudanese ethnic groups continue to clash in a senseless and ongoing civil war, Voices for Sudan will be focusing on changing the lack of political will for peace. As an organization, we have made tremendous headway in educating policy makers, organizing numerous events, and diaspora training initiatives. Without knowledge of the situation on the ground, policymakers cannot make informed decisions. Without training, the diaspora cannot be effective communicators. Without financial assistance, we cannot continue to train or provide the valuable resources we have begun to provide.
When you support the work of Voices for Sudan, you support education, advocacy training and diaspora services that help U.S. efforts to establish peach and stability in Sudan and South Sudan. Your contributions are essential for our work to continue, and much appreciated. Please donate today. All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you for whatever you can to help promote peace in the Sudans.
President & Co-Founder, Voices for Sudan Inc