Motivational Speaker John Dau will present a talk at the Waldorf School of Garden City on Wednesday, May 1st from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the School Auditorium. Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be invited to attend as well as all parents and the wider community.
John Dau is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Dau was born into the Dinka tribe in war-torn Sudan. In 1983, his village was attacked by government troops involved in the Second Sudanese Civil War between the Arab government in northern Sudan and non-Arabs southern Sudan. The violence scattered his family, and Dau along with thousands of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” wandered hundreds of miles and faced disease, starvation and violence, until eventually arriving at refugee camps in Kenya. In 2001, he was one of 3,800 young Sudanese refugees resettled in the United States and one of 140 young people brought to Syracuse, New York.
Following his initial culture shock, John Dau took on two, sometime three jobs, earned an Associate’s degree and Bachelor degree at Syracuse University.
Today, he is a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan. In 2007, he founded the John Dau Foundation, which aims to transform healthcare in South Sudan and to date has raised over 3 million dollars as well as the South Sudan Institute (SSI). Dau has earned many awards for his public achievements and charitable work.
John Dau now speaks professionally throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
As a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan, John has lived a remarkable life of cultural adaptation in America. He has received many prestigious awards, including the National Geographic Emerging Explorers Award. He was a Volvo for Life finalist in the Quality of Life category, which carried a financial contribution from Volvo to the John Dau Foundation. John was also named (alongside of DRC president Joseph Kabila), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2008. Together with Former Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell; he received a Most Caring Award from the Caring Institute as well asother 38 additional awards.
For more information, please contact Mr. Roland Rothenbucher in the High School Office or at (516) 742-3434 Ext. 316. Click here to download the flyer.