Dear Red Army and Well-wishers:
We extend revolutionary greetings to you from the Red Army Foundation and appreciation for your support to the operations, activities and programs of the Red Army Foundation, as we continue working towards achieving our main objectives of (1) mobilizing, serving, supporting and empowering Red Army members all over South Sudan and abroad; (2) preserving the Red Army Legacy of patriotism and dedication to serve the people of South Sudan, right from an early age, by spearheading and promoting patriotism among the present generation of young people today; (3) providing a platform for the Red Army members to be recognized and to actively participate and effectively contribute to the nation building process, as key stakeholders and partners in the development of this blessed nation.
The Red Army Foundation is currently in the process of establishing properly all over South Sudan and abroad as one of the main objectives in our strategic plan, to extend the operations, activities and programs of the Red Army Foundation to the States and Foreign Countries and to facilitate effective membership mobilization and registration, which is a fundamental pillar for the establishment, growth and development of the Red Army Foundation into a vibrant and highly effective patriotic national organization.
Therefore, it is for this reason that we are writing this kind appeal, seeking for support and financial assistance from our members, former commanders, caretakers, teachers, family, friends and well-wishers, so that they may support this noble initiative.
The Red Army Foundation has developed a 4-year Strategic Plan that requires US$ 1,000,000 (One Million U.S. Dollars) This amount shall be raised through membership fees and donations and will be used to fund mobilization, registration, establishment of Red Army Foundation and affiliate organizations offices, funding of activities, programs and projects as well as investing into self-sustaining commercial businesses that can generate income for the Foundation. As part of this fundraising campaign, Any Red Army wishing to apply for a one-time, lifetime membership of the Red Army Foundation must pay a fee of US$ 100 (One Hundred U.S. Dollars Only) and donate any amount on top of that in support of the activities, programs and projects of the Foundation. Following are membership categories of the Red Army Foundation:
- Organized Red Army - refers to the members of the Red Army who were organized under Military Camps, Displaced Camps, Refugee Camps and any other forms of organization that was instituted by the then leadership of the SPLM/A, including those who were organized and taken abroad to study.
- Liberation Generation - Any South Sudanese, who at any one time, between 16th May, 1983 and 9th January 2005, were children.
- Seeds of the Nation - are the young people who shall be oriented and inducted into the Red Army service to the nation, as patriotic citizens.
- Associate Members - shall be any person deemed by the Executive Board to be of goodwill and good intention to the Red Army Foundation, who supports the activities of the Foundation in good faith.
We are counting on you and look forward to your positive response to this kind request of support, and any contribution to this initiative will be highly appreciated by the Red Army Foundation.
Thank you for your support and God bless South Sudan.
Deng Bol Aruai Bol
Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Red Army Foundation
Mobile: +66922579833 (Thailand)
E-mail: [email protected]
THE RED ARMY OF SOUTH SUDAN
The Red Army are the young people who fled their villages and schools to join the SPLM/A liberation struggle for freedom of the people of South Sudan because of the devastating effects of the war that destroyed their villages and people. These young people were brought up by the SPLM/A, during the liberation struggle, to carry forward the vision, principles and ideology of the SPLM/A Revolution. Red Army was the name given by SPLM/A to these young people who demonstrated the spirit of patriotism for their country and made unique sacrifices at a tender age, for the freedom of its people.
The SPLM/A leadership under the Late Dr. John Garang De Mabior considered these young people the “seeds of the nation” and those who were below 18 years were organized into different groups and provided education and basic needs of life. Some of the Red Army were supported and facilitated by the SPLM/A to travel abroad and further their education. The Red Army who found educational opportunities outside South Sudan also played a key role in soliciting support from the international community to arise to the cause of South Sudan, and particularly, the efforts of the lost boys and girls of South Sudan in Diaspora are specially recognized and appreciated. As a matter of fact, many have returned to offer their skills and render services to the people of South Sudan and contribute to the nation building process, especially those who have mobilized resources and established developmental projects for their communities.
The members of the Red Army Foundation, having emerged from the background of the SPLM/A are therefore circumstantially considered War Veterans and hold in high esteem and with deep respect the SPLM/A Leadership, for the support rendered, the nurturing provided, and the historical opportunity accorded to us to serve the people of South Sudan. In this regard, special appreciation is accorded to our leader and hero, the Late Dr. John Garang De Mabior, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and our formal zonal commanders; H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, H.E. Dr. James Wani Igga, Hon. Daniel Awet Akot, Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk and other leaders who played a significant role in the upbringing of the Red Army, including all former Red Army commanders, camp managers, teachers, caretakers and Red Army leaders.
In consideration of this unquestionably patriotic background, participation, sacrifice and contribution to the Liberation struggle for freedom, the Red Army of South Sudan are regarded as the true custodians of the SPLM/A vision and the born k2marrow of the SPLM/SPLA, being first born sons of the Liberation Struggle and widely considered as the hope for the nation.
ABOUT THE RED ARMY FOUNDATION
The Red Army Foundation was created to mobilize, support and empower its members, to preserve the legacy of the Red Army, regarding demonstrating the spirit of patriotism and stewardship to the nation during the difficult times of civil war, despite young age, fostering the same spirit of nationalism in this contemporary generation of young people and to actively participate in the nation building process, as key stakeholders, in partnership with the government.
The Red Army Foundation is not about individuals, not about a tribe or group of people, it’s all about South Sudan. The Red Army Foundation is not a political organization, but a patriotic national organization that shall always be dedicated to the cause of our people and our beloved Country, the Republic of South Sudan, which for many years we struggled and longed for its freedom, and this dream for a free South Sudan and the wellbeing of our people, in spite of several challenges and the difficult years of war, is not only in our heads, but in our hearts and even in our blood, and we can never ever betray this nation or work against the best interest of our people.
The Red Army Foundation is a National Patriotic Organization that was formed on the 29th of July 2012 and was registered on the 24th of September 2012 as a national organization. It was officially launched on the 18th of December 2012 with the Guest of Honor as Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla; by then Minister in the Office of the President, representing the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Patron of the Red Army Foundation.
VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The effectiveness and success of any organization is determined by having a clear definition of the purpose and direction of the organization, which is specified by the vision, mission and objectives of the organization. Therefore, for the Red Army Foundation to be established as a strong and vibrant organization that is highly effective and sustainable, we need to begin by clearly defining its vision, mission and objectives, which shall provide the guiding framework required to direct the operations, activities and programs of the Red Army Foundation.
To establish a strong and vibrant patriotic national organization that is financially sustainable and highly effective in empowering its members, uniting the people and serving the nation.
To serve the members of the Red Army Foundation, preserve the legacy of the Red Army; spearhead and instill patriotism in the contemporary generation of young people today, and to partner with the government and the people of South Sudan in the development of our Country, by actively participating in the nation building process.
- To serve the members of the Red Army Foundation and address their most essential and pressing needs
- To preserve the Red Army Legacy of demonstrating patriotism to the nation right from an early age, during the SPLM/A Liberation Struggle, and instill the spirit of patriotism, hard work and stewardship among the young people of this contemporary generation and generations to come, while supporting and advocating for the wellbeing of children in conflict situations.
- To exert special efforts and work towards promoting unity and peaceful coexistence among the people of South Sudan, using the Red Army Legacy of oneness, having been brought up and nurtured by the SPLM/A during the Liberation Struggle as one family of young people from distinct tribes and ethnic backgrounds, yet considering each other as brothers and sisters, living and working together harmoniously.
- To partner with the government and the people of South Sudan in the nation building process by actively participating in the development of our country, as key stakeholders, trusted and reliable comrades.