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North TX man brings water to African village with church's help

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A North Texas man returned to his childhood village in South Sudan to have a water well installed. It's the first time the village has ever had drinking water.

Bol Deng Malual of Dallas is known as a Lost Boys of Sudan. He's one of thousands of boys who fled the country more than 20 years ago during a bloody civil war.

In 2010, Malual returned to his village with the help of a North Texas church. First Unitarian Church of Dallas held fund raisers to send him back and reunite with family, who, despite the odds, survived the war.

Malual learned that his village was still without a water well. A month later, he returned to North Texas making it his mission to have one installed.

"To think back when I left my family, my hands were totally empty," says Malual.

Deanna Charles befriended Malual and introduced him to her extended family at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

"I got to know about himself and his journey and his struggle and his family and their needs and I thought it is not so difficult for us to be able to help you."

Once again, the congregants of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas stepped in and raised $23,000 to send Malual home and have the well installed.

Malual says the well has made a huge difference in the lives of the women and children in his village who would walk miles to and from the nearest lake carrying gallons of water.

An aid organization brought more than a 100 Lost Boys to the North Texas about 10 years ago and many continue to live and work in the DFW area, most struggling themselves to  complete their college educations.

To learn more about Friends of the Lost Boys, a North Texas organization that mentors them, click here.


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