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Sep 24, 2014

Turning wine to water?

Wine to Water
Wine to Water

Clean water is something that is easy for us to take for granted. Here in Alaska, we have an almost unlimited supply of fresh, clean water flowing through our streams, rivers and lakes. We can even drink right from the source!

The impact of clean water cannot be understated. The life expectancy in developed countries has risen by 30 years over the last century. One of the main reasons is improved access to clean water, which improves hygiene, sanitation and health.

Places like Old Fangak, South Sudan are not so lucky. Water-related diseases like diarrhea kill over 1.5 million under-5 children each year around the world: more than AIDs, malaria and measles combined.

In Old Fangak, we have already seen how clean water can save the lives of kids. We can do more. And with your support, we will. One water well delivers clean water to up to 1,000 people per day. Again this year, we will bring clean water to people who have never had clean water before.

Our goal: 5 new water wells, a hospital hand-washing station, and new outhouse latrines. Our first volunteers will be going over in the next few months to start this life-saving work.

Let's turn wine to water!

How can you join the cause in bringing life-saving clean water? One way is to attend our 5th Annual Wine to Water Silent Auction & benefit on October 2. We will commune with our friends, talk about our goals, and drink wine... so that others can drink water! In the biblical parable, Jesus said "Let's fill the the jars with water" (John 2:7). We want to do our own minor miracle by helping the families in South Sudan access clean water for the first time.

To learn more about this event or to register, click here.

If you cannot attend, but would like to support our cause, please consider a gift through GlobalGiving, or learn more at www.alaskasudan.org.

Pumping water in Old Fangak
Pumping water in Old Fangak
Clean water for the 1st time
Clean water for the 1st time

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May 13, 2014

Kids face tragedy... and hope.

Kids receiving water for the first time
Kids receiving water for the first time

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.

Apprentices have been gaining valuable skills
Apprentices have been gaining valuable skills
Ready to fetch some water!
Ready to fetch some water!

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Dec 13, 2013

Transforming the lives of children.. and mothers.

Water flows for the first time in Wongmok
Water flows for the first time in Wongmok

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!

Closer water wells reduce the burden on women
Closer water wells reduce the burden on women
Clean water builds immunity and health
Clean water builds immunity and health

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