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As a nonprofit organization benefitting South Sudan's refugees we make every effort to bring awareness to the ongoing humanitarian crisis happening in and around this east African country. Below are some of the panel discussions, speaking engagements, and research trips in which our charity's founder Gabriel Akim Nyok has been involved.

Africa Trip

December 2018- February 2019


After graduating with a degree in Justice Studies and a minor in Human Rights from San Jose State University, our founder Gabriel Nyok traveled to refugee camps in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. He  met with school officials, families and children to help determine which children our charity would be able to send to school. Our donations currently sponsor 32 children for the upcoming school year! If you'd like to add to those numbers, please donate now!

Gabriel Nyok speaking at Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, CA, December 2018

Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos (California)

December 9, 2018


After a gracious introduction by Pastor David Watermulder, Gabriel spoke during the worship service at PCLG where he has been a member for the past several years. He talked about his life as one of many refugees from South Sudan, how his life has been blessed by God and the many compassionate people from the church who have helped advise and offer him assistance and direction. He knows it's his calling to give back and help other refugees through Helping Hands for South Sudan.  Watch Gabriel's 8-minute presentation here.

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Kiwanis Club of Redwood City

Thursday, December 20, 2018


Gabriel spoke to the Kiwanis Club about his background, his journey from South Sudan to Kenya to the United States, and the work that Helping Hands for South Sudan is doing to educate children.

UNHCR World Refugee Day - Humanizing the World Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, June 20, 2018,  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

San Francisco Veterans War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue 210, San Francisco, CA 94102


As part of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights series, this program presented by the United Nations Refugee Agency,  addressed the right to recognition as a person before the law, the right to asylum in other countries, and reduced inequality. This event commemorated the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. Our founder Gabriel Akim Nyok participated on the panel discussion. Click here for more information.

World Affairs Council

October 11, 2017


Founder Gabriel Akim Nyok participated on a panel moderated by Jane Wales (CEO of World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum) discussing the South Sudanese refugee crisis from both policy and human perspectives. The event was sold out with chairs lined up in rows providing just enough room to squeeze through.

ENGAGE | The South Sudan Migration Story

August 9, 2017

Union Square, San Francisco


This event on World Affairs examined the pressing global issues going on in South Sudan. Gabriel Akim Nyok, Founder of Helping Hands for South Sudan and spokesperson for Rebuild South Sudan, Diana Essex-Lettieri, Deputy Director of Asylum Access, and Valentino Achak Deng, co-founder of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, will call upon their unique expertise and personal experience to shed light on what it means to be displaced from war-torn South Sudan.

Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos Special Event

January 3, 2015

PCLG Social Hall


Founder Gabriel Akim Nyok drew a crowd at this special event hosted by Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos where he and his wife are church members. Gabriel discussed his refugee life in Kenya and how he came to live in the United States. He also shared his desire to help the children of South Sudan by raising funds for their education.

Gabriel Akim Nyok speaking at a church

Gabriel Akim Nyok with wife Roda and Pastor David Watermulder

Audience at a panel event

Gabriel Akim Nyok speaking