Alaska Sudan Medical Project

With the vision of "building hope and health for life," the Alaska Sudan Medical Project has worked in a remote, impoverished region of South Sudan since 2008 to provide health, water, sanitation and agricultural systems to counter the injustice and chaos caused by the effects of 40 years of civil war between northern and southern Sudan. This remote region carries some of the worst and most alarming health statistics on the planet. In Jonglei State, South Sudan, where the Alaska Sudan Medical Project is working, children die needlessly of disease and malnutrition. The infant mortality rate is 1,700 deaths per 100,000 births. Nearly 20% of the people suffer from chronic hunger an...
May 30, 2013

More clean water and moving forward...

Kids testing a well
Kids testing a well

This winter brought more hope for the people of Old Fangak, South Sudan. While working alongside our Old Fangak apprentices and laborers, dedicated ASMP volunteers were able to bring TWO desperately needed water wells to the village. With clean water, mothers will not have to rely on dirty river water for their families. With less water-born diseases and diarrhea, kids will have hope for a healthy childhood.

But the greater promise is this: the local villagers are getting trained in the vital skills needed to begin drilling their OWN water wells… the true sustainable solution to the water needs of this impoverished regions.

 

Thanks to your donations, we have reached our funding goal for the project. However, we are not stopping here. We are in the middle of planning to go back this fall to drill more water wells in surrounding villages, and continue our important training program. With the proper funding, our goal is to begin drilling in November and complete at least three new water wells to serve more than a thousand people.

 

We will leave this project “open” so that our GlobalGiving donors have the option of continuing to help bring life-saving clean water to South Sudan. Thank you for your continued support!

Woman pumping at a new well
Woman pumping at a new well
ASMP volunteers, staff and apprentices
ASMP volunteers, staff and apprentices

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Feb 28, 2013

Water! Success in Old Fangak

Meequah
Meequah

It was a historic day in Old Fangak. At the site of the village's first school, a team of drillers lead by ASMP volunteer Rob Crotty and Kenyan driller Patrick Kamanda finished drilling a well that will provide clean drinking water to Old Fangak's first school children.

The well will serve kids like Meequah, and internally displaced person from Pigi, who was displaced by conflict and came to Old Fangak seeking refuge. With a new school and clean water, Meequah has hope for a new future.

The intial reports were promising; at over 5 gallons per minute the new "School Well," is one of the best in the region and will provide a new life-saving water source. When the school is finished, the well will primarily serve the students, in the meantime other local villagers will have access to this desperately needed clean water.

Rob and Patrick lead a great team that not only provided another well, but continued training our local drilling apprentices like Thai Badeng, who is training to be a drill leader. Someday soon these local Sudanese will be drilling wells in other needy regions in South Sudan.

This work could not be done without your support... ASMP thanks our donors for making all of this possible. It is truly an amazing process when all of the pieces come together: our donors, our volunteers, and the local villagers with the support of ASMP to make life-saving changes in the region. Clean water will have an immediate impact in decreasing the disease burden that results from drinking contaminated river water.

ASMP is not stopping here... our vision will continue to "save lives through health, clean water, and agriculture." Please visit our website to see how you can help in this vital mission. 

"We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now."  ~Jean-Michel Cousteau

School well in use
School well in use
Patrick leading the team
Patrick leading the team
The new school under construction
The new school under construction
Volunteer Rob and apprentice Thai
Volunteer Rob and apprentice Thai
Future Old Fangak student
Future Old Fangak student

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Nov 29, 2012

Old Fangak Clean Water Project Begins

Repairing the New Clinic hand pump
Repairing the New Clinic hand pump

The first team of ASMP volunteers has arrived safely on the ground as we are excited for the dry working season in Old Fangak to begin. All of the well-drilling supplies have also arrived in Old Fangak after a long boat journey on the Nile. 

The team is excited about our prospects this season as we have received our supplies earlier than usual. Volunteers like Denny have begun assessing the water situation in Old Fangak, and an assessment of each water well has been completed. Pumps and generators are being serviced in preparation for our first well-drilling lead volunteer, Rob, who will arrive in early January. He will work with local trainees and our South Sudanese Project Manager Stephen to install our first well of the season: at the new school under construction in Old Fangak.

The team on the ground now will begin preparations including identifying the sight and working with the village Water Management Committee to plan the best use of the well. If all goes according to plan, the borehole should be completed by the end of January, and we hope to have a functioning, abundant new source of clean water for the school in place by the middle of February.

This project could not be completed without the support of our donors. Thank you for your generous contributions, as it allows us to keep bringing these life-saving sources of clean water to this needy area.

We will post another Progress Report once we are ready to begin drilling.

Thanks for your support,

The ASMP Team

Old Fangak
Old Fangak's first school near completion.
Our well drilling supplies have arrived!
Our well drilling supplies have arrived!
Some of Old Fangak
Some of Old Fangak's first students in the school?

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