Water for South Sudan, Inc

Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. 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.
Jan 5, 2017

Water for South Sudan Prepares for 2017 Drilling Season

Getting the truck ready
Getting the truck ready

Dear friends:

Thanks to your generosity Water for South Sudan (WFSS) has drilled 282 wells in remote, South Sudanese villages. We are grateful for your support.

Imagine living in an environment where for half of the year there is no rain and the temperature averages 120°F. Now imagine there is no air conditioning, no refrigerator with cold water to drink, and no supermarket where you can purchase drinking water. In order to get water you must walk miles in the heat, only to find water that is dirty and contaminated. Hundreds of thousands of people live like this today. Water for South Sudan drills wells in remote South Sudanese villages, providing access to clean, safe water and transforming lives.

WFSS is preparing to begin its 2017 drilling season in the coming days. WFSS drills only during the dry season, which runs from November through May. Once the rains come it is impossible to travel or to drill. In October, November, and December, the WFSS team in South Sudan prepares for drilling to begin in January.

Preparations include working with county and village leaders to determine where wells are needed, conducting assessments, and procuring supplies for the season. Once WFSS, in conjunction with county and village leaders have agreed in which villages wells will be drilled, the WFSS team conducts an assessment. The assessment entails confirming that there is access to the underground aquifer that provides water and determining what needs to be done prior to drilling.

For example, in a country the geographic size of Texas there are only about 100 miles of paved road. In most of the country even dirt roads are nonexistent. Therefore, often trees and brush need to be cleared to create a road where WFSS can drive in their trucks and drilling rig. WFSS engages villagers to complete this work before the team comes back to drill. In addition, because South Sudan has few resources, supplies must be purchased in other countries, such as Uganda and the United States, and shipped to South Sudan.  

When WFSS arrives in a village to drill a well everyone is very excited because they know that close proximity to clean, safe water will be transformational. Therefore, people want to help the WFSS team. Children will help to collect rocks needed and women will even cook for the team.

During the 2017 drilling season, WFSS anticipates drilling approximately 20 new wells, providing hygiene training in villages where new wells are constructed, and revisiting villages to repair some of our earliest wells. It is your support that allows us to continue bringing water to areas where it is desperately needed. 

Drilling
Drilling
Gathering Water
Gathering Water

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Oct 11, 2016

Bringing Water to Remote South Sudanese Villages

Hygiene Training in Bookanyara Village
Hygiene Training in Bookanyara Village

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan (WFSS),

It is my pleasure to share this report on our work in South Sudan. Since 2005, WFSS has installed 282 wells, providing more than 250,000 people with access to fresh water every day. During the 2015-2016 drilling season WFSS installed 23 new borehole wells in remote, rural villages in South Sudan, serving approximately 15,000 people who previously did not have access to clean, fresh water. In addition, in each village where WFSS drilled a well our hygiene team educated villagers on best hygiene practices.

Aruel Ayuel is a 28 year old woman living in Bookanyara village. Bookanyara lies between two streams. Villagers used to access water from the stream via a hand dug well. Aruel said, "We always feel sick, with runny nose, fever, stomach pain, and itching throat after drinking water." In 2014, two people were taken to the Carter Center to be treated for guinea worm.

WFSS drilled a well in Bookanyara and provided hygiene training. Villagers no longer get drinking water from a hand dug well. Villagers now know to boil and filter water before drinking if it becomes necessary. They have learned how to keep the well water from becoming contaminated by washing their hands and cleaning jerry cans.

Aruel Ayuel said, "I agree to follow good hygiene ways and drink clean water everyday. Thank you Water for South Sudan."

As the WFSS operations team gears up for the 2016 - 2017 season they are looking to further improve our processes and the sustainability of wells. In response to our 2015 well evaluation the US and South Sudan operations teams studied and improved the cement platforms around the wells. The new design:

  • Strengthens wells with a more robust concrete composition.
  • Eliminates animal contact with the well or platform.
  • Reinforces drainage channels, susceptible to weather erosion and animal traffic.
  • Directs animals to drinking pools farther removed from the well heads. 

"We know that we have a much better process now," says US Operations Director and Board member Don Fairman. "Greater sustainability of our wells means that in the long run we'll be able to help even more people as our wells last longer and have fewer breakdowns."

WFSS has been an advocate for the people of South Sudan since our founding in 2003, and we continue to support development in the world's newest nation. WFSS began drilling wells in 2005 and we have never wavered from our mission: to deliver direct, transformative, and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water, as well as improving hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. 

We joined the world celebrating South Sudan's independence in 2011. We are disappointed that the latest conflict, which broke out in 2013, has continued. Along with the people and nations of the world, we condemn the violence and corruption in South Sudan and support a peaceful resolution to the unrest. WFSS is more committed than ever to our mission, knowing that our work will help bring stability in this emerging young nation.

WFSS's US-based Executive Director is in contact with our team in South Sudan daily to ensure that they are safe and able to continue drilling wells. WFSS Founder and Senior Advisor, Salva Dut reports that "The political unrest has not impeded our team's ability to work in the field. In a country about the size of Texas, the rural villages where we drill are far away from the conflict. Being South Sudanese, our team has a great advantage - we know the people, the language, the culture, and the tribal issues. We have family and friends in South Sudan. We are all committed to rebuilding our country." 

On behaf of Salva and our team in South Sudan, our Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, thank you for joining us in bringing fresh, clean water to the people of South Sudan.

WFSS Deputy Country Director, AJ Agok
WFSS Deputy Country Director, AJ Agok
Farming is possible with water
Farming is possible with water

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Jul 19, 2016

WFSS Continues to Transform Lives in South Sudan

Well sponsored by H20 for Life/Matoska Internat
Well sponsored by H20 for Life/Matoska Internat'l

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

Thank you for your continued support. Thanks to donors like you, we are able to continue our work in South Sudan, transforming lives by providing access to clean water and hygiene education. 


2015-16 Season
We finished the 2015-16 season with 23 new wells, for a new total of 282 wells drilled since 2005. When a village receives a well, and hygiene education, everything improves. Health improves for all, especially for children under the age of five, who are so vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Life dramatically improves for girls and women when they are freed from the arduous task of walking for water every day. Economic stability improves for a village when a market is able to develop. Educational opportunities also grow when a village gets a well.

The Value of Hygiene Education
Since 2014, the WFSS hygiene team has traveled with the drilling team to help villagers improve hygiene practices in every village in which we drill. The hygiene team trains a team of eight people (four men and four women) who can then train others. The WFSS team works with the trainers to identify areas in need of improvement. Better hygiene helps expand the impact of clean water, and leads to health benefits for all.

In Gogrial West County, in the village of Gaikou, a village man named Gau told us that his community did not know that contaminated water made them sick. 

"After Water for South Sudan drilled a well for us and trained us about water and hygiene management, we realized that we were drinking water with germs and we had bad hygiene at our homes before. From now on we will call a meeting to tell everybody about water and new hygiene promoting ways, as taught by Water for South Sudan hygiene team, which is the first time for us to receive well/borehole and new hygiene promotion training. I appreciate Water for South Sudan, administration and management where ever you are, thank you so much for help."

Success of the Past Informs our Future
As we look to our successes of the past 11 years, we have come so far, and look forward to continuing to serve the people of South Sudan. At this writing there has been unrest in the capital city of Juba, and we join the world in advocating for peaceful resolution of all conflicts in South Sudan. Our team has been safe at our Operations Center in Wau and are able to continue planning for the upcoming season.

Our teams are continually working to improve processes and outcomes, using the experiences of each season to inform future planning. Pans for 2016-17 include drilling up to 40 new water wells, rehabilitating the cement platforms on some of our older wells, and continuing to provide hygiene education in every village in which we drill.

This year we have begun researching sanitation solutions in South Sudan. Just as many people do not have access to clean water, many more do not have access to any kind of toilet facilities. We are researching how we can begin to address this great need and are planning to develop a pilot project, possibly a latrine system for a school.

 

Thank you for your support, and for sharing our story with your family and friends. We are deeply grateful for your generosity which funds our work. Water for South Sudan relies competely on private donations, and to date has not received any government funding. Individuals, schools, civic groups and faith-based organizations all support our work. Our donors come from all 50 US states and 33 other countries. 

Thank you for being a part of the WFSS community.

In gratitude, 

Lynn Malooly

Boys bathing in Gaikou village
Boys bathing in Gaikou village
WFSS team visits US this summer
WFSS team visits US this summer
Salva @ Daniel Bagley Elementary, 2016 IGC winner
Salva @ Daniel Bagley Elementary, 2016 IGC winner

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