Buey Ray Tut was born in the village of Maiwut, South Sudan. His family immigrated to the United States as refugees when he was 11 years old. While attending University of Nebraska Omaha, Tut and a childhood friend decided they wanted to help their homeland. They founded the nonprofit organization Aqua-Africa to transform the way in which aid is administered to underdeveloped nations and to provide access to clean water in East Africa. Tut is the executive director of Aqua-Africa and addressed the US House of Representatives in 2013 to draw attention to the impact of water programs on global health.