Launched in 1996 through the efforts of our Executive Director,
the Rev. Samuel Juma (himself a Sudanese refugee), Fulaa began with an emphasis on
helping to meet the needs of Sudanese refugees who sought asylum in the
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This effort involved helping with
housing, furnishings, employment, education and spiritual needs. From this
commitment, a monthly Sudanese fellowship has emerged bringing together
many from the community. Holiday activities, memorial services, and discipleship
training events continue to encourage these individuals in their new home in America.
Since the signing of the Sudanese peace treaty in 2005, Fulaa's
primary focus has shifted to assisting refugees seeking to repatriate from the
camps in Uganda and Kenya back to their homeland in South Sudan.
Currently, efforts are centered in the area surrounding the
town of Nimule situated near the border of Uganda. Working closely with a local
church, Fulaa sponsors an orphanage with more than sixty children in residence
and is also assisting with micro-economic and educational projects.
The Board of Directors which govern Fulaa is based in Northern Virginia.
The Board is chaired by the Rev. William Kynes (Ph.D), senior pastor of Cornerstone
Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Virginia.
What is Fulaa?
Fulaa means "waterfall" in the Madi language of the Sudanese people. It signifies
the abundant hope available through Jesus Christ, the Living Water. Fulaa is a practical
arm of hope for the displaced Sudanese. Its goal is to demonstrate in real, practical
ways, an outreach of love to the destitute who have little but their very lives and
their faith in Jesus Christ and His saving grace.
Fulaa Lifeline International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian ministry incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.