News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 10, 2013

CANDLES to present ‘The Power of Hope’ Oct. 10

News Release

TERRE HAUTE — To kick off its 2013-2014 speaker and film series, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host Gabriel Bol Deng, one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, to speak on “The Power of Hope” at 6 p.m. today.

Admission and parking are free, and pizza will be served at 5:30.

At age 10, Deng was forced to flee his village of Ariang and walk for four months across a scorching desert. He spent years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before coming to the U.S., where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in math education.

In 2007, after a 20-year absence, Deng returned to South Sudan to look for his family. There he saw children learning in a makeshift school from untrained teachers with no school supplies.

Deng felt determined to transform the poor learning environment into a permanent facility in which students could receive their daily lessons without interruption.

The school in Ariang is now educating 500 girls and boys from the surrounding communities.

Deng believes strongly that education is the key to sustaining peace and promoting economic development in South Sudan and around the world.

 Today, instead of traveling for survival as he once did as a refugee, he travels to inspire others with the mantra that helped him overcome extraordinary odds: Resilience, respect, a positive attitude, hard work and the power of dreams can empower individuals to reach their full potential.

CANDLES is at 1532 S. Third St. Call 812-234-7881, email or visit for more information.