Mr. David Jal, guest of Rotarian Thomas Pedersen, provided a special presentation to the club.
Mr. David Jal, guest of Rotarian Thomas Pedersen, provided a special presentation to the club.
 
 
David Wal Jal was born in Dunyal village near Nasir, South Sudan, in Northeast Africa, where he lived for the first ten years of his life. He was forced to flee his home due to the civil war in Sudan.
 
As One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, David spent the next ten years in various refugee camps in East Africa. On June 21, 1995, he was resettled as a refugee in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which he still calls his home today.
 
David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. With the help of a fellowship through the Bush Foundation, David was able to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks as well as a diploma in International Restorative Justice from Queen’s Theological College, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
 
David worked for several years at Lutheran Social Services Refugee and Immigration Center as a case manager for newly arrived refugees.
 
He is currently employed as a Court Services Officer in Sioux Falls. Since his arrival in Sioux Falls, David has maintained close ties, both personally and professionally, with the community. David will always remember the welcoming reception and the assistance he received upon his arrival in Sioux Falls and is always willing to return this courtesy to other people in the area.
 
David has founded a nonprofit organization – Khor Wakow School Project – to provide a school and safe drinking water in his village in South Sudan. To learn more and support this project, please visit www.khorwakowschoolproject.org.
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