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. Our Founder Gabriel Nyok has a degree in Justice Studies and a minor in Human Rights from San Jose State University, so he brings his knowledge and experience to panel discussions, speaking engagements, and humanitarian trips. He's spoken at schools, churches, clubs and businesses. Would you like for Gabriel to speak at your organization or event? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriel will be returning to the U.S. for several speaking engagements including one at WestGate Church in San Jose, California. He will either be at their South Hills Campus or their Saratoga one, so stay tuned!
Juba, South Sudan
The exact dates aren't set yet, but two of our Board members, Treasurer Ron Dickel and Pastor David Watermulder, will be heading to Africa from Los Gatos, California to visit the schools our sponsored students attend. This includes three schools currently, Gulu Primary and High Schools in Uganda and Juba Integrated Primary School in Juba, South Sudan. They'll be visit with students and administrators to see firsthand the good work that's being done by helping Hands for South Sudan. This will be the second trip for both Ron and Pastor Dave.
September 26, 2022
Uganda and South Sudan
We are excited to announce that, after living and working in the United States for 16 years, Gabriel will be moving his family back to East Africa to be closer to what matters most—the refugee children.
Gabriel and his family will make their home in Kampala, Uganda while he works in both Uganda and South Sudan. This move will enable Gabriel to visit refugee camps more frequently and work more closely with schools and administrators, furthering the work of this nonprofit in a more face-to-face way. He will return to the U.S. periodically for meetings and speaking engagements. While his friends and associates in the U.S. will miss seeing Gabriel in person, we are as committed as ever to working with him to help bring education to the children of South Sudan.
(Photo at left: Pastor David Watermulder leading the congregation of Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, CA in prayer, blessing Gabriel and Roda's journey and future, September 18, 2022)
September 19, 2022, 2022
1 Mangini Way
Burlingame, CA 94010
Gabriel will be visiting the "Home of the Panthers" to share his vision of bringing education to the refugee children of South Sudan.
September 15, 2022, 2022
1711 Stanford Avenue
Stanford, CA 94305
Gabriel will be speaking to students and administrators at this internationally and socio-economically diverse school named after outstanding Palo Alto educator, Lucille Nixon. This will be a particularly meaningful presentation, as this is the school Gabriel's own children attend. It will surely be a moment of pride as they watch their father share his important and compassionate work.
August 28, 2022
16845 Hicks Road,
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Gabriel was pleased to speak to the membership at Venture Christian Church, an engagement which led to the sponsorship of education for six refugee children! Thank you, Venture!
January 30, 2022
6601 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120
After an extended break from speaking engagements due to the Covid19 pandemic, Gabriel spoke to an interested congregation at WestGate Church (South Hills campus) and heard firsthand what conditions are for South Sudan's refugees and how our nonprofit is helping to provide schooling for the children.
December 9, 2018
16575 Shannon Road.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Redwood City, CA
Gabriel spoke at a Kiwanis Club event about his background, his journey from South Sudan to Kenya to the United States, and the work that his nonprofit, Helping Hands for South Sudan, is doing to educate children.
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.
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.
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.
January 3, 2015
16575 Shannon Road.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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.
Improving the Lives of Refugee Children Through Education
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