Gabriel Bol Deng is the founder of Hope for Ariang, a non-profit organization focused on promoting education, particularly for girls, in South Sudan. As a child, Deng fled his hometown of Ariang, in Sudan, due to violence in the area. He spent years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before immigrating to the United States in 2001 and earning a Bachelors Degree from LeMoyne College in 2007. That same year, he founded Hope for Ariang after visiting his hometown for the first time in 20 years and seeing the challenges there. Deng recently spoke with associate editor Kerry Weber at the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, D.C.