“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

- Peyton Conway March

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

–Henry David Thoreau

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

–Maya Angelou

About The Lost Boys Foundation

The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville was created in the fall of 2004 by photographer Jack Spencer and a small group of volunteers, after witnessing first hand the tragic circumstances many of the young men still face in the Nashville community. One such circumstance was the death of Pel Gai, a much beloved young man, who was the victim of a murder in a Nashville nightclub. Since there was no money to bury Pel, a group of the Lost Boys, along with Spencer and a few others, raised the $5,700 that was needed to bury him. It was this event that inspired Spencer to make a difference in the future of the Lost Boys of Nashville. “The irony of Pel’s death confounds me, Spencer says.” “They have seen such terror, grief, loss, sadness and horror only to come to our land of opportunity, and then senselessly murdered.” Four of the boys sent to Nashville have been killed in the few years they have been here.

In 1987, a civil war drove an estimated 20,000 young boys from their families and villages in South Sudan. Most were six or seven years old. Wandering for years, they walked more than a thousand miles, half of them dying before reaching a Kenyan refugee camp. The survivors of this tragic exodus became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. There are approximately 150 Lost Boys residing in the Nashville area.

The Foundation’s mission is to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Nashville by working with the Lost Boys and their leadership to create and fund a community complex. In order to make this happen the Foundation is hosting a series of fundraising events. The proceeds will go to the Foundation, whose commitment is to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Sudan who have made Nashville their home.

The foundation is hosting a series of fund raisers. In 2005 the Cumberland Gallery and Park Cafe hosted events where we raised over $25,000 from tickets, donations and Jack’s print sales from his Lost Boys portrait series.

We want to express our sincere gratitude for the community’s good will and support. We are on our way to making a big difference in the lives of these young men who just need a chance to have a chance.

GABRIEL KUR – January 1, 1980 – March 26, 2016

The Lost Boys Foundation is sad to inform you of the passing of one of our Nashville Lost Boys of Sudan. Gabriel went to be with the Lord on March 26, 2016. Gabriel was born on January 1, 1980, in Bor, South Sudan. He came to the U.S. as one of the Lost Boys in August 2001. He was employed nearly 15 years for Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Gabriel is survived by his mother, Akuol Agol; father, Ayang Nhial; 16 siblings all of Africa; brother, Nhial Kur Kang; girlfriend, Tekka Kelly; nephew, Kur Jool Kuol; cousin, Paul Arou, God-father, Dan Meyers, den mother, Deborah Martin, close friends, Majok Nhial Awuok, Makhaat Makuaach, David Ajang and Evangelist Gai Luom; friend and co-worker, John W. Mabut; roommate, Akuoc Ayuen; and the South Sudanese Community. Please keep the family lifted in prayer. Visitation will be held from four o’clock in the evening until eight on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville, TN. Funeral services will be held at one-o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Woodlawn’s Dignity Hall with visitation to start at eleven o’clock. If you would like to make a donation to assist Gabriel’s family, you may do so by going to our website www.thelostboysfoundation.org and clicking on the donate tab. Please be sure to indicate your donation is in memory of Gabriel Kur. If you like you may also send your check made payable to The Lost Boys Foundation, P.O. Box 121917, Nashville, TN 37212 and mark it also in memory of Gabriel. The Foundation will forward 100% of...

Lost Boys Promotional Video

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