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.

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.