Lost Boys of Sudan and Upcoming Movie, “The Good Lie”

Do you know about the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan? Jean Wood works as an Administrative Assistant at RE/MAX of Boulder and has been “Mama Jean” to Lost Boys of Sudan here in Colorado for 13 years.

Jean started a non-profit organization to help Lost Boys who were resettled to the U.S. in 2001 with education, mentoring, and adjusting to life in America. Over the years, she visited Sudan four times and built a primary school in one of the villages called Duk  Payuel. Currently, due to a political crisis that erupted in December 2013, war and violence have erupted once again in South Sudan with famine looming. Several have now had to flee back to refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda. Here in Colorado “Mama Jean” has become family to these now “Found Men and Women” with many grandchildren here in Colorado and Africa.


On October 3, the movie “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Ron Howard will be released in theaters all over the country. The basic story line is about an American woman (Reese Witherspoon) who becomes involved with three Lost Boys who have been resettled to America and how it changes her life, which is something “Mama Jean” can relate to.  The movie has been getting some good reviews. “Mama Jean” and her “Lost Boy Sons” are hoping that this movie generates more awareness about the difficulties facing these young refugees both here and in Africa as they continue to support families there.

Article by Jean Wood


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