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"Committed to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Sudan who have made Nashville their home."

"We were forced out of Ethiopia and had to cross the River Gilo back to Sudan. Enemy troops were close behind, but the river had currents so strong that we could not cross safely. When we heard gunshots we realized that the troops were going to kill us all and that we had no choice but to jump in the river. Only half of us survived the gunshots, crocodiles and strong currents. Crossing the Gilo was the longest moment of my life. When I got to the other side, I just ran."
- 8 year old Sudanese refugee - circa 2000

“We need work. It is a tough time for some of us. We have lost our jobs and can’t pay our rent or buy food.”

– Manyang Jok - March 9, 2010, President of the Nashville Lost Boys of Sudan


HELP WITH YOUR CLEANING & LAWN CARE & general handy-man chores!

Many of our Lost Boys of Sudan have been laid off from their jobs and need work. If you have fall/winter/spring/summer cleaning to be done or yard work around your home or business, they can help. Please call us at 256-8302.

Many thanks to everyone who gave us a helping hand in 2012. You have truly blessed us with your kindness!

Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building a home for Paul Manyok & his family. Volunteers are still needed to work on the weekend of October 20th & 21st and on Saturday, October 27th. If you can volunteer, please contact Matt Hawkins with Habitat for Humanity by emailing him as soon as possible at and he will put you on the schedule. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE FOUNDATION AS WE CANNOT SCHEDULE YOU. YOU MUST CONTACT MATT HAWKINS.

Dedication of their new home is scheduled for Sunday, October 28th and all their friends are invited to attend at 2:00 pm.

 This is a very exciting event in the life of Paul and his family and we share in their excitement as they begin their new life in their new home. To read the press release please go to:


Goodbye to the old.

Special thanks to everyone who has helped us!!!



Lost Boys Gallery at 535 4th Ave. South has closed

We are currently searching for an new location.

In the meantime, you can reach us at:

P. O. Box 121917 - Nashville, TN 37212 - (615) 256-8302

Please note: the phone number and email remain the same

View the video of "The Art of a Lost Boy"

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Go here to purchase posters from our upcoming art exhibit "Africa to America - Unity In Art"



Thanks to everyone who came out and walked with us on October 1st. We had a great day and lots of fun!  

JOURNEY OF HOPE - MUSIC ROW WALK-A-THON Photos by Dee Flower of Dee Flower images

To see more Walk-A-Thon photos click here!





NPT's "Next Door Neighbors - Sudanese" aired June 23, 2011 and featured some of our Lost Boys of Sudan. You'll find this a very informative documentary. Thanks to NPT for focusing on all of Nashville's refugee communities.



We are happy to announce

you can now start your day off

with a flavorful cup of

Lost Boys of Sudan coffee.


CASABLANCA COFFEE & The Lost Boys Foundation

have partnered to bring you a bold, smooth,  flavorful cup of coffee made from a premium blend of 100% Arabica beans.

Available at The Lost Boys Center & Gallery: 535 4th Avenue South
Casablanca Coffee: 601 12th Avenue South in the Gulch

We sincerely thank Casablanca Coffee for generously donating their profit from each pound of coffee sold at their shop to benefit




You can also donate to us through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at

We now have two Art Gallery on the website: go here to view
    Coffee Mug
    Also available for pickup at the center, we are pleased to present a new coffee mug featuring the work of Bol Aweng. The proceeds from sales of the mugs go to the Foundation to continue supporting the Lost Boys Community.  Swing by the center in December (closed the 24th and 25th) between 11am-3pm, at 535 4th Avenue South, to pick up one of these great new coffee mugs.
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Some of random photos of the Lost Boys at various events 



Congratulations to Anjelo Mamour who became a U.S. citizen March 24, 2010!

Lost Boy of Sudan, Manyang Jok, with Senator Bill Frist



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the Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville
the Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, Tennessee

P. O. Box 121917 - Nashville, TN 37212 - (615) 256-8302