On Monday evening at Cafe Milano, a small group of humanitarians and members of the press gathered for an intimate working dinner to discuss and help facilitate solutions for the growing refugee crisis in East Africa.
Franco Nuschese, president of Georgetown Entertainment Group and owner of Cafe Milano, kicked off the evening by discussing his inspiration for throwing his support behind the Humanity Helping Sudan Project.
“It is a great honor for me to celebrate the incredible and inspiring work of Humanity Helping Sudan Project,” said Nuschese. “It was my pleasure to attend the special screening of ‘The Good Lie’ here in Washington DC.”
Nuchese, who hosted a fundraising event for GVN back in December, remains deeply passionate and involved with his charitable work in Africa.
“The film moved me deeply even because it reminded me the battles we are fighting with the Global Virus Network; the institute directed by Dr. Robert Gallo,” he continued, with one of the film’s actors, Ger Duany, in attendance. “As a member of the board, I can feel the incredible and extraordinary commitment to the struggle against the terrible diseases that are spreading death and suffering in Africa, such as HIV, hepatitis and other deadly viruses. As a matter of fact, we made a large vaccination campaign in the very same village mentioned in the movie. So you can imagine how deeply I was touched by every single scene.”
Manyang Reath Kher, a former South Sudanese refugee himself and founder of Humanity Helping Sudan Project, expressed his gratitude toward Nuchese for hosting the event and furthering awareness for the cause.
“We were so excited when Franco saw the movie about the Lost Boy of Sudan, and decided to support our cause,” said Kher. “It is a real honor for me and the other 26,000 lost boys.”
Close to 750,000 children have been displaced since the violence broke out in December of 2013, with more than 320,000 becoming refugees. According to UN estimates, there are 235,000 refugees currently suffering from malnutrition, and predictions project that approximately 50,000 Sudanese children will die this year from starvation due to the food shortage.
Let’s make sure these lost boys are able to grow up.
If you’d like to find a way to help out, check out their website at humanityhelpingsudanproject.org.