Help for Joseph

$31,505 of $40k goal

Raised by 347 people in 42 months
Sarah Lanningham  WASHINGTON, DC
Update- Joseph has made the trip to see his mom! Please continue to give- all money will go directly to Joseph to be put toward school, more travel or furnishing the new house he is working toward with Habitat for Humanity. Thanks for all the amazing generosity!!


Joseph Taban Rufino survived the bloody 12-year civil war in Sudan by becoming one of the 'Lost Boys'; the name given to the thousands of boys who journeyed for five years across hundreds of miles before reaching a refugee camp in Kenya. The boys watched their parents killed in front of their eyes, and lost thousands of their friends along the way before arriving at the camp.

The American State department sent three thousand of the boys to live in the U.S. as part of the largest ever resettlement in American history. Joseph was sent to live in Kansas City, where he continues to dream of one day becoming a doctor. Life in Kansas City hasn't been easy for Joseph as he has faced layoffs, a car accident and a violent attack along the way.

Watch both parts of his amazing story on 60 Minutes here and here.

Joseph believed his whole family had died during the violent attack on his village. Incredibly, he found out recently that his mother Perina had escaped and made her way to Uganda. Perina had no idea Joseph was alive and had long-ago held a funeral for her son. When Joseph and Perina finally saw each other on Skype for the first time this year, there were plenty of tears and one question from mother to son, "when will you come to see me?"

We were so moved by Joesph's story that we have reached out to him and offered to create this crowdfunding website. Joseph was thrilled and we look forward to giving him the good news: that he can finally go and visit his mother.

We ask you to donate what you can, every little bit will help.



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Update 11
32 months ago

60 Minutes just re-aired the story with a brief video showing Joseph with his mother.
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Update 10
33 months ago

Just in time for Christmas!
Miracles do happen, Joseph is on his way
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Update 9
38 months ago

Thanks to everyone who has donated! A number of you have asked for a breakdown of how the money will be spent.. that will be entirely up to Joseph, we are just providing the place for people to donate. Replacing his stolen documents has been the main focus, then he will plan the trip to see his mom. He is still very much interested in attending school and I'm sure will put most of the money left over toward pursuing his dreams. Thanks again and please share this where you can!
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Update 8
38 months ago

Hi everyone,
I've upped the fiund goal because 60 Minutes will re-run Joseph's story tonight. Please share this on facebook if you can. To update: Joseph has been working hard to become a U.S. citizen and is hopeful he will be able to travel to see his mom on a U.S. passport before the end of 2013. We will post more news when we have it but in the meantime let's try to raise more money!
Thanks, Sarah
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Steven Martinez
38 months ago
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RAISE ME! DONATE ME! http:// www . gofundme .com/3pi5q8

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G Joseph McLiney
40 months ago

June 10th update: There has been some incredible news and some setbacks. The first is that we have found copies of all Joseph's documents. This was truly small miracle. A non-profit group called Joshua 3:5, volunteered to do the heavy lifting in the way of his documents. They contacted a group in Kansas City that said there is "no way" his documents of 11 years ago could be found. However, they would check. The documents were found behind a stack of unrelated documents and would have never been noticed had Joshua 3:5 not been persistent (thank you Robin L). These allowed us to expedite the process of getting the official ones -- we hope to have that shortly. To qualify for duplicates, Joseph was required to go in for a battery of tests, vaccinations, and the whole works. Exactly as if he just arrived. All went well. However, it was discovered that he has contracted Tuberculosis. The doctors say its very treatable, but... he will be going in tomorrow for the works. Thanks to everyone that has contacted me and helped Joseph.

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Kriste Little
41 months ago

So I realized now that Abraham's site isn't even searchable until it receives a certain amount of donations. I can't imagine that we can raise over $20,000 in 17 days for Joseph, and nothing for the other man in the 60 minutes episode. Please help this other "Lost Boy" with his dreams! Same address as this one, except add /abraham-nhial at the end, instead of /help-joseph

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G Joseph McLiney
42 months ago

Incredible news !..... Thank you to everyone. Joey (former driving instructor).

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Janice Ingwersen-Oltman
42 months ago

Hope to see Joseph and his mother together on 60 minutes soon!!

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Janet Miller-Segreto
42 months ago

Thanks for setting this up...from the moment I saw Joseph and his story I knew he deserved help to achieve his dreams. Hope we all give him what he needs.

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Kim Luong
42 months ago

Please , help Joseph ! If you can

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G Joseph McLiney
42 months ago

The generosity of strangers is moving. Thank you. If anyone would like to contact Joseph directly or me, please email me at mcliney3 (at sign) gmail.com.

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Raised by 347 people in 42 months
Created April 1, 2013
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We wish you all the best and sincerely hope you get to medical school!

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Steven Martinez
38 months ago
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RAISE ME! DONATE ME! http:// www . gofundme .com/3pi5q8

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G Joseph McLiney
40 months ago

June 10th update: There has been some incredible news and some setbacks. The first is that we have found copies of all Joseph's documents. This was truly small miracle. A non-profit group called Joshua 3:5, volunteered to do the heavy lifting in the way of his documents. They contacted a group in Kansas City that said there is "no way" his documents of 11 years ago could be found. However, they would check. The documents were found behind a stack of unrelated documents and would have never been noticed had Joshua 3:5 not been persistent (thank you Robin L). These allowed us to expedite the process of getting the official ones -- we hope to have that shortly. To qualify for duplicates, Joseph was required to go in for a battery of tests, vaccinations, and the whole works. Exactly as if he just arrived. All went well. However, it was discovered that he has contracted Tuberculosis. The doctors say its very treatable, but... he will be going in tomorrow for the works. Thanks to everyone that has contacted me and helped Joseph.

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Kriste Little
41 months ago

So I realized now that Abraham's site isn't even searchable until it receives a certain amount of donations. I can't imagine that we can raise over $20,000 in 17 days for Joseph, and nothing for the other man in the 60 minutes episode. Please help this other "Lost Boy" with his dreams! Same address as this one, except add /abraham-nhial at the end, instead of /help-joseph

+ Read More
G Joseph McLiney
42 months ago

Incredible news !..... Thank you to everyone. Joey (former driving instructor).

+ Read More
Janice Ingwersen-Oltman
42 months ago

Hope to see Joseph and his mother together on 60 minutes soon!!

+ Read More
Janet Miller-Segreto
42 months ago

Thanks for setting this up...from the moment I saw Joseph and his story I knew he deserved help to achieve his dreams. Hope we all give him what he needs.

+ Read More
Kim Luong
42 months ago

Please , help Joseph ! If you can

+ Read More
G Joseph McLiney
42 months ago

The generosity of strangers is moving. Thank you. If anyone would like to contact Joseph directly or me, please email me at mcliney3 (at sign) gmail.com.

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