SUMMIT, NJ - His village was attacked by North Sudan Arab militiamen when he was 10 years-old, Gabriel Bol Deng fled Sudan. Since that traumatic timet, he has overcome numerous obstacles in his life, moving to America, and pursuing his passion for education.

After returning to his native village after 20 years, Bol Deng was spurred to found the HOPE for Ariang Foundation as a vehicle to help rebuild Ariang village after years of devastating conflict.

HOPE for Ariang Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing South Sudanese with inclusive access to education, opportunities, and resources, with a special focus on women and girls – one village at a time.

Sign Up for E-News

Bol Deng's amazing story, journey and mantra that helped him overcome extraordinary odds -- esilience, respect, a positive attitude, hard work, and the power of dreams can empower individuals to reach their full potential -- will be told first-person, when he visits the Summit Area YMCA March 30, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

For further details regarding this free event, contact Julie Wagenblast, Youth and Teen Director, at, or call 908-273-330, ext. 1140.