Water for South Sudan, Inc

The mission of Water for South Sudan, Inc. is to create access to and monitor safe drinking water for communities located in South Sudan. 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.
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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Nov 4, 2013

Thanks for 2013 drilling, looking ahead to 2014

New well, clean water brings smiles
New well, clean water brings smiles

Dear Friends of WFSS,

Thanks to your support, and the support of donors in all 50 US States and 8 countries, Water for South Sudan finished the 2013 drilling season with 40 new wells.

For our founder, Salva Dut, the excitement of this year’s wells is just as powerful as the first well, drilled in 2005 for his father's village. “The best part of my work is seeing the joy on people’s faces when we successfully dig a well,” he says.  

The goal for the 2014 drilling season will once again be 40 wells. Crews have been busy planning for the next season since June.  Team members have been going over all drilling equipment, making repairs where needed, and taking care of basic maintenance. Supplies have been purchased in Kampala, Uganda, and are making their way to our compound in Wau.  Additional parts and supplies are being readied for shipment to South Sudan.  There is never a dull moment!

Thank you for being a part of the WFSS community and helping us transform lives... one well at a time.

A new well!
A new well!
Preparing for drilling
Preparing for drilling
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