Southern Sudanese Women’s Association
“Education is the key
to our future; we stand tall and take action for our freedom”
God is our only hope
Office: 3212 S. 272nd Street Kent, WA. 98032
The Southern Sudanese Women’s Association was created on
February 28th, 2000. This is a non-profit organization founded by
a group of Southern Sudanese women who took the initiative to set
up the agency based on Sudanese idea that if women are united and
strong, the whole family will stand firm. As people who have faced
war for more than 35 years, we are dedicated to taking the opportunity
to begin new life in our new home by organizing ourselves in one
unit under one God. Therefore, the Southern Sudanese Women’s
Association was created to uplift the spirit of those who have been
displaced by war and have lost family members in their native country.
And perhaps giving our children the hope they need and also nurture
ourselves spiritually and emotionally.
To empower and unite Southern Sudanese Women and children through
community involvement, such as educational projects and economic
Currently more than 500 people and families served
- Boys and girls ages between 8 and 25 (21 lost girls)
- Minors in foster care programs
- About 55 women
- Single parents
Staff members/language available:
- 9 non-paid employee are regularly working
- 4 executive members (not paid) and other volunteers are irregularly
working due to school or for other reasons
- Primarily Arabic and English, however, other dialects spoken
in Southern Sudan available such as Dinka, Bari, Latuka and Nuer
(There are more than 500 dialects in Southern Sudan)
- Coming-up Summer Events: weekend retreat for girls and women.
- Awareness classes: health classes, sex education, parenting
classes, social justice classes, personal rights.
- $10,000 grant from Women Funding Alliance: The agency has just
got the funding for their first time to set up an office and to
do retreats for women and children.
- Currently office is not really set up: There is only one computer
donated but working very slowly
- No website: Looking for somebody who can set up for the agency!!!
- Membership fee: Donation from members was how the agency was
- Full member: payment is $250.00
- Associate member: payment is $100.00
- Making phone calls: Members in different area such as Everett,
Tacoma and Seattle are in charge of each area.
Culture/Character of agency:
Traditional Southern Sudanese culture: trying to maintain the culture.
Part of objective is to maintain the culture: the culture that young
people respect the elders and the elders respect young people. When
there is a conflict, it will seem to be carried out in a way that
people sit down and talk about it. The agency basically seeks for
traditional counseling. For example when you have a problem with
husband, traditional counseling will be calling for elders around
the family to come and listen to the problem and solve in healthy
way. If your children are having misbehaviors, you can call your
Culture/character of staff members:
Mostly staff members are from Southern Sudan. However, non-Southern
Sudanese can become associate members and should pay the required
- Working with IRC and other resettlement agencies to translate,
to find out gaps in needs and services, and to help people understand
- Working with World Relief, Catholic and Lutheran Social Services.
- Working as mediator between agency/foster care and refugees.
- Working with Non-Profit Assistance when problems come up. Calling
them for advices and referrals
- Working with Eastern African communities.
Southern Sudanese Women’s Association
Gaps/Challenges in services and capacity
- Finance!!!!: more grants needed to achieve goals and provide
programs/services and to become mainstream and affective agency
- Transportation: most people live far away. Hard to reach them
and stay closer.
- Irregularly staffing
- To have community center for Sudanese people
- To strengthen and maintain Southern Sudanese community and culture
through various events and activities
- To help children and women in the refugee camps by empowering
and enabling them become self-reliant
- To provide job training, housing assistance, and English classes
for Southern Sudanese Women and Girls
- To make network easier by getting in touch with various resettlement
agencies so that when they resettle somebody, they can refer the
- Hearts of the Angels formed under Southern Sudanese Women’s
Association: objective to implement HIV/AIDS awareness in the
Sudan and refugee camps. Coordinator, Harriet Dumba who will be
going to Southern Sudan this summer 2003, to collect data on HIV/AIDS
and other STD diseases.
14817 15th Ave. NE # 18 Shoreline, WA. 98155 | 206-367-6196
Chairperson: Agnes Oswaha
Secretary: Harriet Dumba
Information: Rose Athieno Maya
Advisor: Rosemary Nyambi