The Lost Boys of Sudan are an extraordinary group of young men who ran for their lives as children, endured unimaginable horrors and hardships for 14 years, and came to the United States in 2000 and 2001. Hardworking, honest, affable, and courteous, these young men have amazing resilience, take nothing for granted, are determined to get an education and to make their lives count for something.
Unfortunately, the challenges of starting a new life in a new country—without the help of family, friends, or a support network—have been daunting. Now, more than ever, they need our help. Your help.
Friends of the Lost Boys – DFW was created to link people who care and who want to make a difference in the lives of someone also trying to make a difference. The mission of Friends of the Lost Boys – DFW is to step into the gap that exists when someone comes to a new country. We are becoming the friends, mentors, and extended family that the Lost Boys of Sudan do not have.
Our vision is for every Sudanese Lost Boy to achieve his dream of obtaining an education, becoming a self-sufficient person, and reaching the point where each day is not a struggle.
Many people wonder why these young men are called Lost Boys. The name was borrowed from the story of Peter Pan. That character lived on the small island of Neverland among a group of other children without any parents. That group of kids was called the Lost Boys. A journalist writing about their struggle borrowed the term Lost Boys to describe the reality of the Sudanese boys living alone. Although they do not necessarily love the nickname, it has stuck.
These men also are not boys. They are in their 20s and 30s.
Members of Friends of the Lost Boys – DFW started helping these young men because we felt compassion. We have continued because we've grown to love them.