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SSCW's mission is to provide assistance that enables the young men and women from Southern Sudan residing in Washington State to accomplish a smooth transition from their country to the United States, as well as to accomplish their goals of self-sufficiency. SSCW is a service organization formed to improve the opportunities and education of the Southern Sudanese community in Washington State, to encourage them, to assist them when they encounter problems, and help them adapt to life in the United States.
Since 1983, over four million refugees have escaped the war that has claimed over two million lives into neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia, and Egypt. Beginning in 1994, refugees from Sudan began coming to America through various organizations, and several of the original "Lost Boys and Girls" where re-settled into the Puget Sound Area. Since then, many Sudanese families have relocated to Washington State from various other US states, due to what is perceived as a better quality of life (employment oppprtunities, housing, education, and - believe it or not - weather).
The Southern Sudanese Community of Washington, founded in 2003 by a small group of the original "Lost Boys" of Sudan who came to the Puget Sound as refugees in the 80's and 90's, seeks to create a community space that fosters economic and social stability for refugee populations assimilating to American life. The SSCW partners with organizations, donors, volunteers, and others to address basic education, job placement, acculturation and the functional needs of its members. While our principal focus is on the refugee population of Southern Sudan, we extend our reach to other refugee groups, immigrants, and asylum seekers from all nations. Our primary work includes:
- Mentoring families to guide them through daily living an functioning in a new society.
- Interpreting language barriers to help the Sudanese communicate with local agencies and service providers
- Advocating for support from local and state social services and government.
- Tutoring children and adults to learn English and support educational discrepancies.
- Integrating cultures and communities within the Puget Sound area.
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