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Makol Ariik Development Foundation (MADF)


The Makol Ariik Development Foundation (MADF) is a non-profit charity which provides educational opportunities to obtain advanced degrees to deserving students of southern Sudan. MADF was formed under Utah Law on February 12, 2007 and presently is approved by US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for recognition as a publicly supported charity. The board of trustees of the foundation are natives of southern Sudan who have immigrated to the United Sates and are working with universities in southern Sudan to identify qualified.

Meet Our Officers


From left to right: Christopher Gore, Scott Jenkins, Santino Bol.
Front: Mawien Arik.


MADF Activity Summary

Did You Know...

  • The nation of Sudan obtained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1956.
  • In 1955 a civil war began between Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan. Northern Sudan consists of the northern two- thirds of Sudan and is dominated by Islamic and Arabic peoples.
  • Southern Sudan consists of the southern third of the country and is dominated by Christian and tribal African peoples.
  • Since 1955 the civil war has continued for most of 40 years and millions of persons have perished. Hundreds of thousands of others have left the country as refugees through Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, and Uganda.
  • In January, 2005 a comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) was signed between north and south and hostilities in the southern provinces ceased.
  • As a part of the CPA, Southern Sudan has been given rights of self determination and will vote in 2011 whether to remain a part of Sudan or secede and form a new nation.
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Christopher Gore, Ph. D Student
Department of Chemistry, University of Utah


Albino Gaw Dar, Postgraduate Student
Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda

Hoth Tot Chany, Master's Program in Economics
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Simon Pech, Master's Program
Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Jacob Kuon, Postgraduate Program
University of Nairobi, Kenya