Salva Dut

Founder of Water for South Sudan

Salva Dut is the Founder and Executive Director for East African Operations of Water for South Sudan, Inc. In 1985 he was one of 17,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” who fled that country’s southern region during Sudan’s two-decade long civil war and, after over a decade of struggling to survive, was fortunate to receive a visa to move to the U.S. in 1996.

In 2002, after thinking that his family had died in the war, Salva learned his father was alive but seriously ill. He managed to return to Sudan to reunite with his father who was suffering from water-borne disease. This reconnection, both with his father and the desperate living conditions of the South Sudanese people, Salva was motivated to found Water for South Sudan. It has become Salva’s life mission.

Salva became an American citizen and studied International Business in Rochester, N.Y. while working as president and drilling manager of Water for South Sudan, Inc. After his nation’s independence in 2011, he moved back to South Sudan and now oversees Water for South Sudan’s operations there. He is the subject of the New York Times best-selling book by Linda Sue Park, A Long Walk to Water, that is read by young people around the world.

For more information visit www.waterforsouthsudan.org.