Who We Are

GaPPSS currently focuses on: mobilizing and building a network of South Sudanese communities across the globe to engage in reconciliation and peace-building efforts within their communities in South Sudan as well as in the Diaspora; and designing and implementing development programs that will help support the social, economic, and political system in the state in particular and in South Sudan in general.

We are trying to build the organization up to international standards. We are looking for committed volunteers to take several roles within the organization. Please join us and let’s work together to achieve our goals. Thank You!


Here are some of GaPPSS Coordination Team Members:

Sarah Rial: Founder and Executive Director

Sarah Cleto Rial is a Rotary Peace Fellow and recipient of the 2010 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. A gender equity and women and girls empowerment professional with over 15 years of experience in international relations, public policy, social justice advocacy, and peacebuilding. She has extensive experience in mobilizing civil society in efforts to building sustainable peace, challenging harmful gender norms, and promoting women and girls’ education, empowerment and leadership through quality evidence-based programming.  She served as the Program Director of My Sister’s Keeper, a women-led humanitarian action initiative based in Boston, MA.  Previously, she was the Community Programs Case Manager for the Lynn Community Health Center of Lynn, Massachusetts, Employment Services Manager for the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston’s Refugee and Immigration Services, and Assistant Director for the American Anti-Slavery Group. Sarah has a long history of dedication to organizations working to empower women and advocate for peace and justice. She has held leadership positions with the Sudanese Women Alliance and African Cultural Society among several students’ organizations.  She is also theco-founder of African Women Empowerment Group, a nonprofit organization helping immigrant and refugee women to achieve self-sufficiency and continued organizing within the South Sudanese community in Massachusetts.  She holds a BSc. Degree in Statistics and Demography from Juba University, Sudan, an MA in Political Science – Professional Development from American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a Graduate Certificate on Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, USA.


Theresa Samuel-Boko: Director General/Secretary

Theresa Samuel-Boko, has worked for years in the non-profit sector, providing direct services, administration and management to different ethnic refugee and immigrant communities. Theresa is also an active Board Member with the organization, Mercy Beyond Borders, – an NGO that focuses on providing leadership programs, educationalscholarships and promoting maternal and child health opportunities through different programs to displaced women in the regions of southern Sudan and low income young women in Haiti. Theresa has a BA in Agriculture from the University of Khartoum and an MS in Human Services Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts.