The Angelo Othow Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Des Moines, IA focused on addressing the immediate needs of the United Upper Nile South Sudanese community in Polk County. The Foundation offers English language and literacy classes, runs a culturally appropriate food pantry, hosts cultural events, and provides other necessary community services. Through its work, the Foundation seeks to:


  1. Enable a positive integration of the United Upper Nile South Sudanese community into the larger Iowa community.

  2. Promote unity among various South Sudanese tribes that are affected by the tribal civil war taking place in South Sudan


Angelo Othow Nyikiango Joseph (Feb 1, 1935 - February 20, 2014) was a civil rights activist and cultural leader in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. In addition to his career as a civil engineer, he served on the Regional Council of South Sudan, as Minister of Presidential Affairs in Juba, and on the elders’ council of the Catholic Church in Malakal.


He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and thoughts about culture, heritage, and traditions. Angelo spoke at many seminars, symposiums, lectures at students’ unions and civil society organizations, as well as appearing on radio and TV.


We are inspired by Angelo Othow’s leadership, and we honor his memory by providing educational programs, community support, and cultural programs.


  • Omujwok Nyikango


  • Luicano K Kwackwan

    Vice President

  • Lam

    Deng Kak


  • Sarah

    F Yor

    Principle Director

  • Abraham


    Assistant Secretary

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