Aug 20, 2020

Exciting Things Happening at WFSS

COVID-19 Work Continues
COVID-19 Work Continues

The team continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 emergency hygiene training. To date, more than 18,800 people have learned about COVID-19 risk, symptoms, and prevention. The hygiene team is distributing face masks and soap at each training site. We are in regular contact with WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) clusters and will continue to share updates with you as they develop.

 40 for 40 Campaign

Calling All Rotarians: Join the 40 for 40 Campaign

Are you a Rotarian or know someone who is? As we navigate this uncertain time, hygiene and sanitation services are more important than ever. We're in search of 40 Clubs interested in helping raise the $40,000 needed to provide another school with toilet facilities and hygiene education. Consider introducing us to your club. 

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Elissa Rowley at elissa.rowley@waterforsouthsudan.org.

 Staff Spotlight

NEW Staff Spotlight: Hygiene Team Leader Suzan Santino Wol

We're excited to launch the new Staff Spotlight. Each month we will help you get to know our staff by introducing you to one employee.

This month, we're thrilled to feature Hygiene Team Leader Suzan Santino Wol. She's worked for WFSS for the past six years and has been delivering COVID-19 awareness messages since April. 

Click here to meet Suzan.

 Amazing Kids Feature

Amazing Kids Feature: Miles from Singapore

We’re happy to shine a spotlight this month on Miles from Singapore. He has spent the past several months making connections with friends and family around the world, all the while raising funds for WFSS. 

Click here to learn what Miles has been up to. 

 

 Seeking Refuge Podcast

Seeking Refuge Podcast: Featuring WFSS Founder Salva Dut

Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tired of the political debates about refugees? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them.

Click here to listen to WFSS Founder Salva Dut's feature.

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Jul 14, 2020

COVID-19 Work Continues

Staff at Akorok PHCC receive training
Staff at Akorok PHCC receive training

The WFSS hygiene team started the COVID-19 emergency hygiene awareness campaign at the beginning of April. At that time, only a few cases had been confirmed in South Sudan. As the number of cases grew, our team continued to work to educate communities in and surrounding Wau, South Sudan. To date, we’ve reached 8,350 males and 9,252 females. Our team is continuously monitoring the virus and will continue this work until communities are safe.

WFSS was also tasked with distributing essential hand washing buckets and soap, donated by UNICEF, to 25 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCC). While visiting the PHCCs, our team trained 52 health workers on the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) of COVD-19. Our team also identified six broken wells and four centers lacking a well. During the past two months, our team has rehabilitated the broken wells and drilled new wells ensuring these centers have the water necessary to treat sick patients.

The need for clean water is more important than ever in South Sudan, and WFSS is ready and able to deliver these essential services.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

July 15 is GlobalGiving's July Bonus Day and we are thrilled to participate in this opportunity to double our donations!

All donations between $100 - $1,000 will be matched until the $250,000 in matching funds remains. These critical funds are essential during the pandemic. Non-profits are struggling to continue their programs and serve vulnerable populations around the world.

Please consider making an additional donation and have your gift matched! July Bonus Day runs from 9:00 am EST to 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

We are so grateful to our supporters for helping to make this work possible. You are watering the seeds of change in South Sudan.

Achot PHCC patients learn about COVID-19
Achot PHCC patients learn about COVID-19
Team repairing Mbili PHCC well
Team repairing Mbili PHCC well

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May 7, 2020

Emergency COVID-19 Response

Delivering Coronavirus Hygiene Awareness Training
Delivering Coronavirus Hygiene Awareness Training

For more than a month, our team has been visiting communities throughout Wau, South Sudan, to share coronavirus hygiene awareness education in an effort to stop the spread in this extremely vulnerable country. Using information from the World Health Organization (WHO), our boots-on-the-ground team is able to share the importance of being prepared for quarantine, best practices for handwashing, and social distancing in four languages: Arabic, Dinka, Luol, and English. 

As part of this campaign, the WFSS team worked with UNICEF to deliver hygiene supplies (including soap for handwashing) to 25 rural primary health care centers (PHCCs). These remote health centers are the first line of defense for patients seeking medical attention and meet the most basic healthcare needs. 

While visiting the PHCCs, team members identified six sites with broken wells and four sites lacking a well altogether—ten health care centers without running water. In order to provide access to clean water for these centers, WFSS launched a team to rehabilitate the broken wells and drill new wells to ensure that healthcare personnel has the resources to treat ill patients and practice safe hygiene.

We need your help! Many of our supporters have stepped up during the pandemic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts—yet there is still so much work to be done. Your gift supports our drilling and rehab programs as we work to ensure that the flow of clean water continues for patients visiting primary health care centers in South Sudan.

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to MMM Hospital
Delivering Hygiene Supplies to MMM Hospital
Meeting With Medical Assistants at Abou PHCC
Meeting With Medical Assistants at Abou PHCC
Medical Assistants & Patients at Eastern Bank PHCC
Medical Assistants & Patients at Eastern Bank PHCC

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