Capitol Hill Charities’ Utah activities focus on helping students at West High School with college scholarship funds and supplying donations to the Crossroads Urban Center Baby Care Cupboard. Members of the board of trustees of Capitol Hill Charities obtained substantial grants from the Kiwanis International Foundation several years ago to establish Baby Care Cupboards in the Intermountain West to assist needy families with diapers, formula, and other baby care needs. Since that time approximately 18 Baby Care Cupboards have been founded in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. In addition Capitol Hill Charities conducts annual and monthly fundraisers to supply donations and funds to the Salt Lake City Crossroads Urban Center which distributes supplies to families of babies in need. The trustees also raise funds and award scholarships annually to deserving students of West High School, working in cooperation with the West High School Key Club and the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club. For further information, please contact Pat Peterson (801-364-2095).

The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

Valentino Achak Deng Foundation (VADF)  aims to empower war-affected Sudanese populations by contributing as follows:

1. Helping members of the southern Sudanese diaspora in the United States to enhance their educational, social, and economic opportunities.

2. Rebuilding southern Sudanese communities through the implementation of community-driven development projects that increase access to educational opportunities for children, women, and men.

3. Improving US policy toward Sudan by educating the public policy makers on the situation in Sudan.


The Chier Foundation is a volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan who have resettled in Utah to access educational opportunities.




Canyon Rim AcademY

Canyon Rim Academy is a public K-6 charter school located below Parley’s Canyon. Canyon Rim Academy has a service learning emphasis that is based on the concept of applied learning. Through service with various community partnerships, students are given the opportunity to apply learned concepts directly.

Canyon Rim Academy is the sister school to Southern Sudan Humanitarian’s orphan school located in Akobo South Sudan. Through this partnership the students from Canyon Rim Academy and the students at the Akobo school communicate with each other, creating a unique relationship where students from both schools learn about each others cultures as well as share what each they are learning and problem solve together.

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Makol Ariik Development Foundation

The Makol Ariik Development Foundation (MADF) is a nonprofit charity that provides educational opportunities in advanced degrees to deserving students of southern Sudan. The founding members of the board of trustees of the foundation are natives of South Sudan who have immigrated to the United Sates and are working with universities in South Sudan to identify qualified candidates.

Machara Miracle Network

Machara Miracle Network has a mission, starting with the Apuk Padoc Community Development Program, to create a self-sustaining community that will vastly improve quality of life and infrastructure by contributing in the following areas:

Clean water technology

Education (both social and academic)

Microcredit lending

Health care




The Foundation provides financial and technical support to build and sustain health care clinics in southern Sudan.


Southern Blue Nile Association is a Utah nonprofit corporation developing elementary education opportunities in the Southern Blue Nile state of Sudan.  The Founders of Southern Blue Nile Association are all natives of the Southern Blue Nile:

Philip Nima, President

Martin Buba

Mathas Dunya

Bulus Yale

Each of the founders has many family and friends living in the Southern Blue Nile area, which is south of Kurmuk, Sudan, and west of Asosa, Ethiopia.    Families in the region are still suffering from many years of civil war and seek opportunities for their children to attend school and improve nutrition.

Southern Blue Nile Association plans to start several small traditional elementary schools in their area with financial support from the Uduk Sudanese and US communities. Costs to construct each school are estimated at $1,500 and the cost to hire a teacher for each school per year is estimated at $900. School supplies are expected to cost about $500 per year.

Contributions to this initiative should be made payable to the 501c3 organization Southern Sudan Humanitarian, an initiative of Capitol Hill Charities.

For questions about the project, please contact Philip Nima, President (801-759-7845), or Scott Jenkins (801-323-2007) of Southern Sudan Humanitarian.