Water for South Sudan, Inc

Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. The goal of Water for South Sudan, Inc. (WFSS) is to increase the quality of life and health of families in South Sudan by drilling wells to provide fresh, safe potable water to desolate areas of South Sudan. Goals are: Ensure environmental sustainability by increasing access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; Eradicate poverty, hunger and thirst.
Jul 21, 2014

Uniting for Peace & Development in South Sudan

One of our littlest friends, trying out new well!
One of our littlest friends, trying out new well!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support.  Thanks to generous donors like you, WFSS drilled 40 new water wells in South Sudan this year.  With 217 total wells, Water for South Sudan continues to bring access to fresh clean water to over half a million South Sudanese.

At a time when it looks like conflict is consuming the young country of South Sudan, Water for South Sudan is finding ways to become a model for peace and sustainability.

While civil unrest is evident in three of South Sudan’s ten states, Salva Dut, our founder and Executive Director for East African Operations, has reminded us that the remaining seven states are peaceful.  It is there we are doing our work, helping peace and development to spread.

 

UNITED PEACE & DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

This year we embarked on the United Peace and Development Project with Aqua-Africa, an Omaha-based non-profit, led by Buey Ray Tut.  Salva, a Dinka, and Buey, a Nuer, come from traditionally conflicting tribes.  Their collaboration, however, stands as a model for peace in South Sudan.

Funded jointly by both organizations, WFSS drilled four water wells for the project this drilling season. In one Dinka village, Salva said, “They knew Buey was Nuer, but they called him their brother.” Salva said that there was no animosity or conflict, only two South Sudanese united in rebuilding a war-torn country. “We want to show the world how we can all work together,” said Salva.

This summer, Salva and Buey will scout out drilling projects that serve the Nuer.  “It is our hope that one well at time, we can show the world that the people of South Sudan want peace and sustainability,” said Salva.

 

DRILLING WELLS & TEACHING HYGIENE

This year we were able to drill 40 wells as planned and we also launched our new Hygiene Education Pilot Project.  Our new Hygiene Team (one man and one woman) traveled with our drilling team and visited 23 villages, teaching and spreading the message of the importance of hygiene.

 

As we plan for the next drilling season, set to start in December, Water for South Sudan continues its mission to deliver transformative services to South Sudan.  Thank you for your generous support.

United Peace & Development Project
United Peace & Development Project
WFSS 2014 Drilling Team drilled 40 new wells!
WFSS 2014 Drilling Team drilled 40 new wells!

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Apr 23, 2014

WFSS finishing successful 2014 season

Drilling manager Ater Thiep with village children
Drilling manager Ater Thiep with village children

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

As we write, the WFSS team is completing another successful drilling season.  As the rainy season approaches our team is closing in on their goal of 40 wells, including a well named in honor of our GlobalGiving supporters!

Every year our team faces the usual challenges of extreme weather and poor or non-existent roads.  In addition, they often face equipment issues.  This season the WFSS team solved a compressor issue, as well as a mud pump repair.

We are very excited to share the news of our new WFSS Hygiene Team!  The two-person team (one man and one woman) started traveling with the drilling crew in January.  They worked with villagers to identify hygiene problems, and to identify a solution with each village.  We are already looking to expand this team to provide even more help and support.

While the news out of South Sudan has been troubling since the outbreak of violence in December, our crew has told us repeatedly that they are safe and able to drill.  Indeed, the area in and around Wau, where WFSS drills and has its compound has been very safe.  We continue to urge all parties in South Sudan to work toward a peaceful resolution of conflict.

If you are so moved, please consider contacting your members of Congress to urge them to support increased diplomatic initiatives and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan.  And, urge the Secretary of State and President to use all possible means to continue to press for humanitarian access.

In the midst of all of this, WFSS has been able to continue bringing access to clean water, and healthier lives, to thousands more in South Sudan, where the need for clean water is still great.

Thank you for your help and support.  We couldn't do it without you!

Clean water makes happy, healthy children
Clean water makes happy, healthy children
Working on hygiene solutions for village
Working on hygiene solutions for village

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Jan 6, 2014

Water for South Sudan has reached our goal!

Pumping water from new well in South Sudan
Pumping water from new well in South Sudan

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

Thanks to your generous support we have raised the funds needed to drill a well in South Sudan!

Every well drilled brings clean water to at least 1500 people.  When people have access to clean water they no longer need to walk for water.  Clean water leads to improved health for all, especially children.  Once a village has a well, life begins to change.  Markets spring up; clinics and schools can be built.  Water for South Sudan is pleased to report that our 184 wells drilled since 2005 are bringing life-giving water to over 400,000 people.

Our crews have already begun the 2014 drilling season, and hope to drill 40 new wells this year.  We continue to monitor the news out of South Sudan and are hopeful that peace negotiations will bring an end to the conflict.  Our drilling crew has been able to start drilling without any problems and had already drilled 7 wells by the end of December.  They tell us that things are "business as usual" in the area around Wau, where we have our compound, and they feel completely safe in Wau and the areas in which we are drilling.  We remain in close contact with them.

Thank you for your continued support.  If you'd like to stay in touch with us, and receive our occasional email news updates, you can sign up for our email list here.  You can also stay in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you again for your help in bringing fresh, clean water to the people of South Sudan.

Sincerely,

These girls no longer need to walk miles for water
These girls no longer need to walk miles for water
WFSS crew finishes new well
WFSS crew finishes new well

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