It is has been a hard time for kids in South Sudan. While they looked forward to going to school- or just being kids- the country has been caught in a crisis. As politicians fight for power in a bloody conflict, innocent children have been the true victims.
The crisis began on December 15, just as we were celebrating great successes. ASMP drilled 5 new water wells this past season, some of them serving kids and families who have never had clean water before. Our locally trained well apprentices were getting valuable training in drilling.
Then the crisis broke out and our work came to a halt. Out of utmost precaution, our volunteers were evacuated. Fortunately, Old Fangak remained safe. Over 18,000 refugees came to Old Fangak seeking safety in their own country. Because of the water wells you helped fund, vulnerable families had clean water to drink. Dysentery- a common plight of refugees, was completely prevented.
This was never the plan. The school wells constructed were serving refugees, and not just school children. However lives were still being saved.
What do we do now?
There is hope. A peace deal has been recently signed, offering hope that peace may be achieved soon. Regardless of what happens, as long as Old Fangak remains safe (which we believe it will), we will go back. We will continue our well-drilling to other communities around Old Fangak. Communities that hope to soon have schools, kids playing safely in villages, and clean drinking water, to ensure the healthy future of their children.
Thank you for supporting this project.
With several functional wells now in Old Fangak, ASMP is expanding water operations to nearby communities. We have drilled 3 new water wells this season so far.... families are receiving clean water for the first time!
Not only do these wells benefit students and children, it benefits the whole family, particularly women. Worldwide, women spend 152 million hours collecting water. More water wells in South Sudan is bringing water to closer to families, reducing the burden on women, and improving the health of their families. This decreased burden will also mean they can spend more time with their families, and give them opportunities to pursue livelihoods.
We see the results in Old Fangak: where women used to spend a half hour or more in line for water, now that is down to minutes. They do not have to walk as far. They are very thankful for this... and they tell this to our volunteers on the ground.
Our goal is to have two more water wells drilled by Christmas. With this gift, the people in these communities will celebrate.
Thank you for what you have done to make this possible!
We are gearing up to bring more clean water to Old Fangak this year. Volunteers are making travel plans. Supplies are getting purchased. The school is almost finished. Great things are happening, including our plans to drill three more water wells in South Sudan. These wells will serve outlying areas of Old Fangak- including families and children who have never had access to clean water.
Thanks to your donations, we completed the school's first water well this winter. We are not stopping there. An Alaska graduate student who completed her thesis on water use in Old Fangak concluded this: there are many more families who desperately need access to clean water. This includes school children who will have access to water at school, but not at home.
We want to give these students and their families clean water. With clean water, mothers will not have to rely on dirty river water for their families... giving them true hope for a successful, healthy future.
With the proper funding, we will begin drilling in November and complete at 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!
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.
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
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