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.
Dear GlobalGiving friends,
We are happy to report that we have photos and location information for the first GlobalGiving well! Our GlobalGiving donors fully funded the well, located in the village of Makuach Rual, Tonj North County, Warrap State, South Sudan. GPS coordinates are N 08 34 470 E 028 34 061. Village chief is Kuel Tong Akook. The well is serving a population of about 1000 people, although we expect that number to rise.
A well in this village means so much-- women and girls will no longer have to walk for water. New possibilities exist for all villagers now that they have constant access to fresh, clean water.
After a busy and successful drilling season our crews are now planning for the 2012-13 drilling season, set to start in December. Much needs to be done in the meantime-- checking equipment, ordering spare parts, deciding which villages will get wells.
Thank you for being a part of Water for South Sudan-- with your help we are able to drill wells and transform lives. With one well already funded we are now half-way towards funding our second well through GlobalGiving. Thank you for your support!
Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,
Thanks to you, our work continues. Our crews have just finished the 2012 drilling season with 33 new wells. We have now drilled 137 wells since we began in 2005. Each well serves 1,000 to 3,000 people. We estimate that our work has transformed the lives of 400,000 people in South Sudan.
There are always challenges to working in South Sudan. The extreme weather, with temperatures nearing or topping 120 degrees, takes a toll on our equipment. We had various equipment challenges this year, but were able to keep drilling. The rainy season has started in South Sudan and the equipment will soon be coming in from the field to be assessed. Plans for next drilling season will start soon.
The new nation of South Sudan continues to chart a course of development. Our president and founder, Salva Dut, and drilling manager, Ater Thiep, are former "Lost Boys" who are now dual US/South Sudanese citizens and have relocated to South Sudan to make their lives there and help their people.
Our work never ends. Thank you for your part in our success!
Hello Friends of Water for South Sudan,
It is now the dry season in South Sudan, so WFSS crews have begun drilling.
Two wells have already been drilled, and our two drilling crews are working toward their goal of at least 30 wells this season. The first well funded by Global Giving donors will be drilled this drilling season!
Our president, Salva Dut, and drilling manager, Ater Akol Thiep have been in South Sudan since the fall, overseeing much-needed repairs of our vehicles, including our two drilling rigs, and procuring all of the supplies needed for the entire drilling season.
In addition, work continues on the building of our new compound in Wau and will soon be complete. We will also have a new office there, and have hired an administrator to handle the many details of our drilling operations.
We are excited to be a part of the development of the brand new country of South Sudan. Thank you for all of your contributions, which are helping us bring fresh clean water to the people of South Sudan.
Water for Sudan, Inc. has been drilling fresh water wells in South Sudan since 2005. Our mission has remained the same-- to transform the lives of the people of South Sudan by bringing them fresh, clean water.
In January, 2011 the people of South Sudan voted to separate from the Republic of Sudan and on July 9, 2011 the Republic of South Sudan was born. In August, 2011 our board of directors voted to change our name to WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN, INC.
While our name has changed, our mission, and where we drill, has not. We are now preparing for the 2011-12 drilling season, and plan to drill at least 30 new wells.
Our board chair, Christopher Moore, is visiting South Sudan this November to help oversee the establishment of an office in Wau, in Western Bar el Ghazal State. We will soon hire an administrative support person to help manage the office, which will be adjacent to our new storage facility there. All things are in place for another successful drilling season.
Thank you for your support in helping us bring fresh clean water to the people in South Sudan, the newest nation on earth!
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