Gurtong Peace Trust Project is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based project, which aims at removing all ethnic, political or personal obstacles on the way to unity, peace and mutual respect among South Sudanese.
The project was defined and developed by Napoleon Adok Gai from Yirol County, South Sudan. Napoleon Adok previously worked in South Sudan and Kenya for various international organisations including ICRC, World Vision International and UNICEF before pursuing further studies in the UK in 2000. It was while in the UK that Napoleon was inspired by discussions with a number of South Sudanese living in different parts of Europe, who were mostly cut off from the events in the Sudan to establish the Gurtong website.
On return to Kenya, Napoleon set up an office in Nairobi, from which he managed and expanded Gurtong Project until his departure at end of 2005.
Now headed by Jacob J. Akol since the start of 2006, Gurtong continues to champion the positive contributions to peace and development in south Sudan while maintaining its clout of impartiality and resourcefulness.
Gurtong was registered in South Sudan in July 2007 as Gurtong Peace/Media Project, an NGO. It now has an office in Juba and an expanded programme for representation in all the capitals of the ten states of South Sudan, plus Khartoum. Funding available, Gurtong plans to extend it services into broadcast (radio) and print (magazine) media in future
A peaceful, prosperous and democratic South Sudan in celebration of values of its cultural diversity
The Gurtong Peace Trust Project seeks to establish a South Sudanese Diaspora and Home coalition for the promotion of peace and stability among South Sudanese abroad as well as in Sudan itself. The website aims at providing information on cultural, social, political, humanitarian and other development issues.
The project aims to facilitate and encourage constructive discussion on issues of concern to the people of South Sudan and to link the members of the Diaspora and Home in a spirit of reconciliation and sincere love for the homeland. This is in an endeavour to bridge the gap between different cultures and allowing the Sudanese in the Diaspora and at Home to make a significant contribution to the search for unity and peace.