Jany Deng gave a presentation at the Surprise Elementary School in El Mirage,
AZ. His presentation was on the life of the Lost Boys of Sudan and his own personal
life as a Lost Boy. The students at Surprise is reading the book entitled “A
Long Walk to Water”.
A Long Walk to Water starts out as two stories, alternating between a girl in Sudan
in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond
that is a two hours walk from her home: she makes this trip to the pond twice a day.
The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover Africa on
foot as they search for their families and also for a safe place to stay. Every day,
they endure hardships ranging from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact
with killer lions and crocodiles. Salva is a survivor, and his story intersects with
Nya’s in a very astonishing and moving way.
Thank you, Heather Polk, for inviting Jany to your school to share his story with
the students at Surprise Elementary.
COMMENT FROM THE TEACHER:
This was one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced
with my students. From the words of a student this afternoon,
“That was a once in a lifetime opportunity”. They learned so
much and were so excited for this experience. Thank you so
much Heather Hughes Polk for putting this together.