First and foremost, on behalf of Bor Community leadership in the United States, we want to thank New York State Bor Community under the leadership of Chairman Deng Ngueny Deng for hosting our annual conference and fundraiser this year. On the same token, we extend words of thank to you all conference and fundraiser attendees and supporters, our community members, friends, fellow South Sudanese, and Americans for making our Organization’s 8th (and this administration’s 2nd Annual Conference and Fundraiser) held on May 27 and 28, 2017 in Syracuse, New York one of the most successful annual conferences and fundraisers held by our community. We had an amazing time on Memorial weekend and wanted to send a quick thank you for all the great connections made, memories created, and laughs shared during the conference. Our community members and friends, those who attended and those who sent us messages of support, did an excellent job during the fundraiser having raised a sufficient amount rivaling what we have been able to raise last year at our annual conference and fundraiser at the Great City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All of us should be proud of the work done whether you were present or absent due to schedule constraints and other commitments at the time.
As we are now in the 2017 tax season, the leadership of BORCDA will be sending out acknowledgement letters to members and friends of the organization to claim their deduction on their2016 individual tax return for the first time this season.
The letter will contain all information you will need to claim your deduction. If you contributed something to the organization last year (January 1st, 2016 – December 31st 2016), you are entitled to receive an acknowledgment letter from BORCDA. However, for you to receive your letter timely, we will need to be provided with some information.
Here is the list of information we need from:
1. Your legal name
2. Your mailing address
Please contact one of this people
1. Alier Wel Deng – BORCDA treasurer
Tel: (605) 728-2167
2. Deng Marair Deng – BORCDA deputy treasurer
Tel: (605) 251-5435
SUBJECT: Establishment of the Bor Community Legends’ historical records through the community office of Media Relations and Information Technology
Since the beginning of the Sudan’s civil war in 1983 to date, the Bor Community has lost many key individuals either through war or diseases. The last of which was General Deng Kelei Deng Machar who untimely passed away in early June, 2016 in Juba city, South Sudan. General Deng, along with many other community icons and revered sons have died with an immeasurable wealth of knowledge that could benefit the community next generations. It is very unfortunate that the community has no records of these legends’ valuable experiences; their untimely deaths has and continue to deprive the community of their key lessons that could have been learned. There has been poor and insufficient documentation of these legends’ contributions, not only in their respective communities, but all over the nation for future generations. This overlook and continual passing of the Community’s heroes and legends without leaving their stories behind has prompted the Bor community in USA to take initiatives to collect and archive these legends’ stories for future generations. The Bor Community leadership in USA has tasked the office of Media and Information Technology to draft this policy memorandum and to present it to the assembly for approval and funding.
The story of Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan is a true testament to the lives of the Unaccompanied Minors that will continue to be told generations after generations. At no time in my memory was this story so significant and relevant to have a happy ending, but only in the United States of American where dreams can be achieved. Fifteen ago years since our arrival in the United States, the nation of South Sudan has seen a light and better days especially when the civil war came to a halt and peace was signed.
With our arrival in the United States, the objective of our movement were rewarded instead of being betrayed as it was feared by some of our SPLM/A’s top leaders. Dr. John Garang was invited to Washington D.C. by the Bush Administration while American Congress, Churches, institutions of learning, and general public were eager to listen to him and what the SPLM/A have to say about the future of Sudan in general. The government of former Sudan was forced to stop civil war and sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with SPLM/A in 2005. South Sudan was given six years of self-determination with guaranteed referendum and the options to remain within the united Sudan or succeed, which was later realized in 2011. Above all, our lives and that of our families have improved significantly, especially with easy access to better healthcare services across America and East African countries in most cases, respectively. Almost all of us have paid jobs, an important aspect and sign of personal growth, responsibility, and financial wellbeing. We have gained good transferable skills that are gateways to accessing better jobs compared to the general public in South Sudan or elsewhere in the refugee camps in Africa. A lot of us hold university degrees while some have graduate degrees or professional certificates, a good sign that some of us are ready to compete vigorously at a professionally level.
Although it cannot be denied that our lives were made better by the collective generous work of our former teachers, guardians, and caretakers; the success that we have achieved so far today could not be realized in any other way if Maker Kur Jok had not done his diligent work and research and showing his steady hand leadership to take a tough stand by opposing the official decision from the SPLM/A’s top leadership who at that time could not come to term to allow us, the Unaccompanied Minors to come to the United States of America. Therefore it is our true duty to honor, give thanks, appreciation, and support to our former teachers, guardians, and caretakers for all the good work they have done. We can do this by letting Maker Kur Jok know that we did it for him in the names of his colleagues who for years, helped us all pull through the tough time; by generously working hard every day for the sake of our future which we have finally realized today. Ladies and Gentlemen, let honor our true history by putting our hands together financially and help support the man who had constantly spearheaded, helped, and looked out for us when things did not look good. Today let share with him the little that we have and our pocketbooks are always going to be full.
I am hereby greeting you on behalf of Gwalla and Thony Community in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As the chairman of this community, I would like to inform you that we will have our first of its kind fundraiser on July 2 and 3, 2016 in the Great City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and that you are cordially invited to support our fundraiser effort either in person or through donations remittable to our organization’s account if you cannot make it to Sioux Falls, SD on the aforementioned dates. We, as the sponsors of this fundraiser: Gwallei and Thany as well as relatives and friends, are delighted to conduct this resource generating event to renovate our historic Kolnyang Clinic (Kolnyang Primary Care Health Center, see the picture) to serve our returning population from Bor City, refugee, and internally displaced persons’ camps.
Dear Bor County Development Association Members,
On behalf of the co-sponsors of Bor County Development Association 2016 Annual Conference, we take this opportunity to wish all of our members from around the States and around the globe who are traveling to our annual conference safe travels to the Great City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We understand it is out of sacrifice and dedication to the welfare of our community that you have taken your precious times to be at the conference and we look forward to working together during the conference to get the work done for our people.
On the same token, we also understand that some of you will not make it to this year’s annual conference due to outstanding obligations (professional or personal) that do not allow you to take that time off and be at the conference. We know you will be able to join us in future annual conferences or meet with you when we are on the road holding meetings and development policy discussions in your communities across the United States and around the world.
BOR COUNTY LOTTERY ANNOUNCEMENT: COME TRY YOUR LUCK!
THESE BRAND NEW AND THE LATEST APPLE PRODUCTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LUCKY WINNERS IN THE CONFERENCE
During Bor county conference this coming weekend in Sioux Falls, we will have highly valued apple product available for lucky winners for only $30 per ticket. Please come prepared and try your chances of winning yourself one of these expensive items. The following items will be available for everybody at the conference and anybody who want to play in absentia.