Ater Thiep is one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys” who fled his native land during the twenty-one-year civil war that ended in 2005. He and Salva Dut became friends in the Kakuma Kenya camp for Sudanese refugees.

Like Salva, Ater was one of the lucky few who were relocated to the US where he became a citizen, gained an education and went to work for Samsung Communications in Texas. But he yearned to do something for his fellow South Sudanese in their homeland.

In 2008, Ater left his job and took a new one as Water for South Sudan’s Team A drilling team manager. Working alongside his friend Salva, Water for South Sudan’s founder, Ater expanded his technical and leadership skills and now serves as Country Director, and leads our new Well Rehabilitation Team.

As Country Director, Ater’s knowledge of local cultures, contacts within the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) and other non-governmental organizations enables Water for South Sudan to operate effectively in ways that few development organizations can.

Ater, also known as "Lion," works with WFSS Founder Salva Dut, and his good friend Ajang Agok, who serves as Assistant Country Director. All three are former "Lost Boys" who have gone back to South Sudan to help their young country develop.

Here is an older interview with Ater, known also as "Lion," from 2008.