Leadership Institute of New Sudan announces its first leadership training

September 14, 2009 (NSV)-Le

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adership Institute of New Sudan is calling on Sudanese living in the Diaspora to submit applications for their first leadership training program beginning in December 2009.

 Based in Denver, Colorado, USA, the organization was founded with the mission to develop leadership opportunities for Sudanese who can in turn serve their communities and the nation.


The organization has the support of key government officials in Colorado, as well as the endorsement of the SPLM Secretary General, Mr. Pagan Amum.


According to the press release, applicants are encouraged to submit applications not later than October 10, 2009.


For full reading of the announcement, below is the full text of the Press Release.






Leadership Institute of New Sudan (LIONS) Opens Application Process


Denver, Colorado, USA and Juba, Sudan – September 14, 2009 – Qualified applicants

from the Diaspora are invited to submit applications for the first course which will be

held in December, 2009 at the University of Denver, Josef Korbel Graduate School of

International Studies.


The program focuses on: Leadership, Democracy and Economic Development. Sudanese individuals who are ready to work and serve in communities throughout Sudan and who are willing to make personal sacrifices for the greater good will be prepared to lead in local communities, small business, NGOs, as well as government and institutions.


Limited financial support is available to help with travel costs to and from the United

States. Applicants are encouraged to seek sponsorship help. However, course fees,

lodging and meals will be covered by the Leadership Institute of New Sudan (LIONS),

according to the founder and Executive Director, Mangar Gordon Amerdid.


LIONS is a Denver and Juba-based non-profit formed to develop leaders who will work in Sudan, and to bring together the skills and talents of Sudanese who became part of a global Diaspora with those who remained in Sudan.


“Now is the time for us to join hands and dedicate ourselves to seeing that the benefits of

freedom, security and democracy take root in our homeland, for those in the smallest

villages as well as for those in the centers, says Amerdid.


Sudan is recovering from a decades-long civil war between the regime in Khartoum and

Sudanese in the marginalized areas (led by the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement).

While the Khartoum regime has perpetrated genocide on its citizens in Darfur, it also has

failed to implement important elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed

with the southern Sudanese in January, 2005. The agreement calls for elections in 2010

and Referendum in 2011 that may change the fate of the entire nation.


“My colleagues and I are inviting men and women who embrace the idea that a leader is

one who serves their community and strengthens democracy in ways both large and

small, to submit an online application available at the LIONS website:

www.sudanlions.org not later than October 10, 2009.


According to Amerdid, “developing leaders is an investment that will have a long term structural effect on how or if Sudan develops into a modern nation state. The quality of our leaders is the only thing that will guarantee a secure future for our children and our grandchildren.”


“This first course will bring together participants from the Sudan and the Diaspora. We

fervently hope this experience will help the participants forge ties that will last for years.

These relationships will form the foundation of the LIONS network.


Our aim and commitment is that this first class will help contribute to successful elections in the

upcoming years and to long term economic development projects as well, as these leaders

go to work in schools, clinics, and agricultural enterprises throughout Sudan”, said Dr.

Ballard Pritchett, Program Advisor for LIONS in the United States.


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Organization Information


The Leadership Institute of the New Sudan (LIONS) is a 501 c (3) organization with

offices in Denver, Colorado and Juba, Sudan. The Juba office is managed by Norma

Fodul. The core purpose is to develop and train leaders so that the people of Sudan can

experience the virtues of prosperity, civil rights, and social equality. LIONS is supported

by individual donations, foundation grants and corporate sponsors.




Gideon Abraham

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