A small village in Sudan was attacked by government militia, who burned houses and shot people without any explanation. Wild animals then devoured those killed. The water, an essential commodity, was poisoned by the government to ensure genocide of this African nation. Groups of young men who escaped the clutches of the corrupt government of Sudan from villages there were termed the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” Their journey to escape death entailed crossing into Ethiopia, from Sudan – about a thousand-mile walk.
One of the lost boys of Sudan has joined the ranks of Salt Lake Community College. His Name is Dut Bior. His story is the one illustrated above.
“I am haunted by my past,” Bior said.
Due to Bior’s experiences, he wanted to “Share in the resources that I have, giving back to those who don’t have anything.”
As a result, Bior started his own SLCC club in 2009 called SOAP (Student Orphan Aid Program). Bior further explained that he’s been haunted by his past, which has fueled his realization of how blessed he is and his desire to share those blessings with others.
The club website page says “Our purpose is to combat poverty by providing educational opportunities for orphans.” In providing a financial means for education, SLCC SOAP helps orphaned students receive education to get college degrees.
David Corey, the current club president of SOAP, commented on the importance and impact that the club can have.
“Our goal is to eradicate poverty through education…one graduation at a time,” Corey explained.
SLCC SOAP is a chapter of a much larger organization that receives funding for poverty stricken people in third-world countries. The aim is to provide the opportunity for these individuals to come to America and receive an education. Through the donations of this club, one student at a time can receive a chance like Dut Bior, who wants to “make a lasting difference.”
The SLCC chapter of SOAP is the first of it’s kind among colleges and universities around the country. The vision is that SLCC SOAP will pave the way for other institutions to actively participate in this cause to help.
Kevin Miller, the club adviser for SLCC SOAP, commented on the power of learning.
“The ripple effect of education for other people in their own countries is great,” Miller said. “There is power in helping just one student.”
SLCC SOAP currently has seven members, but is recruiting other students daily. The club will participate in selling hockey tickets for the Grizzlies game, today, and $1 from each ticket will go to SOAP to help orphans receive their education.
To join the club, a $5 due is required and the meetings are held in the senate chambers in the lower level of the student center every Friday at 1:00 p.m.
In reinstating the overall purpose of the SLCC SOAP Club, President David Corey encouraged the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.
“It’s okay to be an activist in this world,” Corey promoted.
To join the SLCC SOAP Club, visit slccsoap.yolasite.com.