Another "Lost Boy" returns home to make a difference

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 leads Team A in its annual work in South Sudan’s Bahr-al-Ghazal area, west of the White Nile.

As Team A leader, Ater’s knowledge of local cultures, contacts within GOSS and other non-governmental organizations enable Water for South Sudan to operate effectively in ways that few development organizations can.