Dear Sudan is a charitable campaign to support humanitarian relief in the Darfur region of Sudan . The original campaign began in 2004 in Petaluma, California as “Dear Sudan, Love Petaluma” and was founded by Tim Nonn. 55,000 refugees for one day – equal to the population of Petaluma. Since each Sudanese refugee requires only 16 cents per day for food provided by the World Church Service , the goal was to raise $ 8,800. The “Dear Sudan, Love Petaluma,” campaign surpassed its goal in just a few months.
From this successful venture, a national effort arose, endorsed and supported by World Church Service, the American Jewish World Service and several national religious denominations. Dear Sudan is an interfaith, community-wide movement with three basic goals:
- To raise funds for Sudanese refugees and displaced persons;
- To end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan; and,
- To educate the public about the crisis in Sudan .
Dear Sudan is based in Petaluma, California, with dozens of similar local campaigns scattered across the United States.
Text of the Dear Sudan letter
Local Dear Sudan campaigns to the original Dear Sudan letter for their own communities:
- Dear Sudan,
- We see your suffering, dying people. We refuse to turn away from genocide. We care enough to feed refugees in Sudan for one day. That is the population of our community. We trust that other communities will do the same. We are striving to ensure that the cause of death and disease. We know what it’s like to be mothers and fathers, children and grandparents, friends and community. We also know what you are, mothers and fathers, children and grandparents, friends and community. We are making a modest contribution so that you can live another day. You may never know our names, and we may never know your names, but we are one.
- Anytown, USA
Group looks to spread word about genocide. Contra Costa Times. Aug 17, 2005.