I recently shared with homeschool friends that four of my homeschool students just finished reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. We were all captivated by the plight of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Two things happened as a result of finishing this book.
1. It prompted us to seek more information about the Lost Boys of Sudan.
We were super excited to learn that a fantastic new movie called The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon is releasing December 23! I marked my calendar to order it. Then one week later I learned that I had the opportunity to review this very film. What’s more I’m getting a FREE copy to give away to one lucky winner!
Here is the synopsis of this story:
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them.
As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.
Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.
Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll).
2. It stirred us to action.
We are hosting a Sole Hope party with a purpose in January. We’re inviting 20 other homeschoolers to join us as we cut out supplies for shoes. Sole Hope provides handmade shoes to children in Uganda to help prevent foot-borne diseases. Our job was to cut the material for the shoes based on templates they give in a kit. They send the assembled materials to Uganda and pay local shoemakers a fair wage to make the shoes. [We were struck by the need for shoes as we read about the Lost Boys of Sudan.]
Participants at our party will hear more about Water for Sudan, Inc. This organization was started by one of the former Lost Boys of Sudan – who just happened to be the main character of A Long Walk to Water.
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