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.
This summer Water for South Sudan reported its best drilling season ever with 40 new wells! We have now drilled a total of 177 wells since 2005.
WFSS crews pushed hard to bring fresh water to as many people as possible during the drilling season from January through May. This season was not without its challenges, as crews figured out how to drill without use of compressors, when they were down for repair.
But 77 wells, bringing water to over 115,000 people brought many bright spots. Benson Deng, our assistant field operations manager, related this story.
While crews were finishing up drilling one of the villagers offered them four goats in thanksgiving for the well. When they declined his generous offer he told them it was the least he could do because the previous year he had lost 25 goats to hyenas when they had to travel long distances for water. A new well brings new life to everyone in a village!
Thank you for your support in helping us bring fresh, clean water to the people of South Sudan. Your support helps this fledging country at the most basic level, helping to bring development and stability, one well at a time.
As the dry season in South Sudan comes to a close, the Water for South Sudan crews are still at work. Crews will keep drilling until the rains make it impossible to continue.
This year, like most, has not been without challenges, but this year, like most, our crews have found ways to meet the always challenging conditions in South Sudan. When our compressors were in need of repair, and unable to be used for drilling through rocky soil, our drilling manager chose sites whose soil was softer and we were still able to drill wells.
We know that each new well brings new life to a village. When the villagers, most often women and girls, no longer have to walk miles for water, more opportunities become available.
The new country of South Sudan continues to grow and develop. South Sudan will celebrate its second anniversary of independence this July. Water for South Sudan is proud to continue our work in the newest nation on earth. Thank you for for being a part of our success.
Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,
Our 2013 drilling season has begun! WFSS crews left our compound in Wau, South Sudan on Jan. 15. As of Jan. 27 they had already drilled 3 wells and were on their way to a 4th village.
WFSS only drills during the dry season, usually December until May. The rainy season gives us time to plan, prepare and repair equipment. Numerous repairs were needed this past fall, and difficulties in getting parts to South Sudan delayed our start of drilling.
Our goal for the 2013 drilling season is 40 wells. We drilled our first GlobalGiving well last season, and hope to raise enough funds for our second GlobalGiving well this season. Thanks to you, we have raised $8467 toward this well, leaving $6532 to go.
Thank you for being a part of our success in South Sudan. With your help, we can continue to help the people of South Sudan transform their lives. Each well brings fresh clean water to 1000 to 1500 people. Clean water brings so much-- markets can spring up, schools and clinics can be built. But most important of all-- a new future can begin to emerge.
Thank you for your support.
Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan:
Time flies! Next month we will begin drilling again. As soon as the 2011-12 drilling season ended last May, plans were already underway for the 2012-13 season, set to begin sometime in December.
Many repairs have been made this summer and fall. We're getting ready to ship new drill bits and other parts over to our crews in South Sudan. Work has continued on our new compound in Wau and should be finished soon. We have hired two new employees in South Sudan and now have four former "Lost Boys" working full time in South Sudan. All were refugees who came to the US, received an education, and have now gone back to help develop their homeland.
We have now drilled 137 wells, and plan to drill 40 new wells this season. Access to clean water creates profound change. Life-altering opportunities arise when villagers, especially women and girls, no longer have to walk miles for water. Markets spring up. Schools and clinics can be built. A new future begins to emerge.
Thank you for being a part of our story. We look forward to the upcoming drilling season. With your help, we will be bringing life-giving water to thousands more people.
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