Jan 15, 2015

2015 Season Has Begun!

United Peace & Development Project
United Peace & Development Project

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan:

Thank you for your support!

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you our work in South Sudan continues. Donations for our GlobalGiving well continue to come in, and we are moving closer to our goal of $15,000 to sponsor our GlobalGiving well. Each well we drill serves an average of 1,500 to 3,000 people. When a village gets a well, life improves on every level. Clean water means better health for all, especially pregnant women and young children. A well frees women and girls from having to walk miles for water each day; and clean water helps everything grow- from markets and schools to medical clinics.

News from our Operations Center in Wau, South Sudan
Our team spent the fall intensively preparing for the 2014-15 season, repairing vehicles and equipment, procuring parts and supplies, and working on improving efficiencies at all levels of our operations.

The hard work of the fall paid off and our drilling team was able to begin drilling in December, and has now completed the first seven wells, on our way to a goal of 40 for the season. Three of these wells are for our ongoing United Peace and Development Project (UPDP) with Aqua-Africa. Working with Aqua-Africa, we have now drilled seven wells for this project, and plan to drill three more this year. The UPDP aims to bring Dinka and Nuer people together, through the leadership of Salva Dut of WFSS (of Dinka heritage) and Buey Ray Tut of Aqua-Africa (of Nuer heritage). Both men see themselves as South Sudanese first, and are committed to helping their young country grow and develop. Wells are being drilled for the UPDP in both Dinka and Nuer areas.

WFSS Hygiene Education Team
Our hygiene education team is ready to start its second season of teaching people the importance of cleanliness and how germs and disease can spread. The team now has its own vehicle and can travel at a pace that allows for full training in each village. Up to 8 people (4 men and 4 women) are trained in each village and can then train others. This vital hygiene education helps us to extend the impact of clean water in the remote villages in which we drill.

WFSS Evaluation of Wells
WFSS board member Angelique Stevens has just left Rochester, New York to travel to South Sudan to begin our first formal evaluation of wells drilled. Angelique will be visiting many of the first wells drilled by WFSS to determine how the wells are functioning, and to see the impact of clean water on a village and its people.

Where We've Been. Where We're Going
WFSS has now drilled 224 wells since 2005. The first year we drilled seven wells, using a contractor. This past year we drilled 40 wells with our own crew and equipment. It is estimated that our wells are providing clean water to over half a million people. We are committed to helping the people of South Sudan transform their lives, and helping the young nation of South Sudan develop. Thank you for being a part of our community. 

Finishing a well
Finishing a well
UPDP Well #2 - Dec. 2014
UPDP Well #2 - Dec. 2014

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Oct 17, 2014

Preparing for 2014-15 Drilling Season

Children's lives change with #cleanwater
Children's lives change with #cleanwater

Dear Friends of WFSS,

Thank you for your continued support. Thanks to donors like you, WFSS can continue to change lives in South Sudan-- helping young girls and women have more to life than walking for water, helping young children survive the critical first 5 years of life thanks to clean drinking water, helping villages to grow and thrive, and helping a young nation begin to develop, one well at a time.

As one drilling season ends, planning for the next one begins. The WFSS team, in the US and South Sudan, began planning for the 2014-15 season in June, with operations meetings at our headquarters in Rochester, NY. Our South Sudan team of Salva Dut, Ater "Lion" Thiep and John Mourwel had extensive meetings with our tireless COO, Don Fairman, and with our board of directors.

Team members debriefed on the 2013-14 season, and made recommendations on improvements for the following season operations. Keeping our drilling equipment and vehicles in good running order is always a top priority as they identified the most urgent repairs and replacement needs.

Looking ahead to 2014-15, the team will once again consult with county officials in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States in South Sudan, to identify which areas we will drill in. Once the drilling areas are identified, the assessment process will continue, as our team meets with village chiefs in the designated areas. WFSS does not determine final placement of a well.  Rather, we leave that decision-making to the village chiefs because the well will ultimately belong to the villages.

Part of WFSS's success, over 10 years, is our on-the-ground leadership in South Sudan. The WFSS management team in South Sudan is four former "Lost Boys" who are now all dual US-South Sudan citizens. Their familiarity with local people, languages and customs helps at every step of the process, from discussions with village chiefs, to working with villagers to drill the well, to training chosen villagers who will maintain the wells once WFSS leaves.

Since 2005, this comprehensive process has allowed WFSS to drill 217 wells, bringing access to clean water to over 500,000 in South Sudan.

In addition to our drilling team, WFSS will continue with the newly formed Hygiene Education Team, started in 2014. This year the team will travel independent of the drilling team, so that each team can move at its own pace, and maximize our impact.

Finally, WFSS will continue the second year of the United Peace and Development Project, a collaboration with Omaha-based Aqua-Africa, led by Buey Ray Tut. Buey, of Nuer heritage, and WFSS's Salva Dut, of Dinka heritage, came together last year to drill 4 wells on behalf of both organizations. Historically the Nuer and Dinka have been in conflict, but Salva and Buey come together as South Sudanese, to show their countrymen that working together is the best way to help their young nation develop. Last year the wells drilled were in Dinka areas. This year we plan to drill in Nuer areas.

We look forward to another productive year of drilling wells, spreading the message of hygiene education, and helping to transform lives in South Sudan. Thank you for your support and contributions. We couldn't do it without you!

Sincerely,

Lynn Malooly

A new well!
A new well!
Hygiene team teaches handwashing
Hygiene team teaches handwashing

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Jul 21, 2014

Uniting for Peace & Development in South Sudan

One of our littlest friends, trying out new well!
One of our littlest friends, trying out new well!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support.  Thanks to generous donors like you, WFSS drilled 40 new water wells in South Sudan this year.  With 217 total wells, Water for South Sudan continues to bring access to fresh clean water to over half a million South Sudanese.

At a time when it looks like conflict is consuming the young country of South Sudan, Water for South Sudan is finding ways to become a model for peace and sustainability.

While civil unrest is evident in three of South Sudan’s ten states, Salva Dut, our founder and Executive Director for East African Operations, has reminded us that the remaining seven states are peaceful.  It is there we are doing our work, helping peace and development to spread.

 

UNITED PEACE & DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

This year we embarked on the United Peace and Development Project with Aqua-Africa, an Omaha-based non-profit, led by Buey Ray Tut.  Salva, a Dinka, and Buey, a Nuer, come from traditionally conflicting tribes.  Their collaboration, however, stands as a model for peace in South Sudan.

Funded jointly by both organizations, WFSS drilled four water wells for the project this drilling season. In one Dinka village, Salva said, “They knew Buey was Nuer, but they called him their brother.” Salva said that there was no animosity or conflict, only two South Sudanese united in rebuilding a war-torn country. “We want to show the world how we can all work together,” said Salva.

This summer, Salva and Buey will scout out drilling projects that serve the Nuer.  “It is our hope that one well at time, we can show the world that the people of South Sudan want peace and sustainability,” said Salva.

 

DRILLING WELLS & TEACHING HYGIENE

This year we were able to drill 40 wells as planned and we also launched our new Hygiene Education Pilot Project.  Our new Hygiene Team (one man and one woman) traveled with our drilling team and visited 23 villages, teaching and spreading the message of the importance of hygiene.

 

As we plan for the next drilling season, set to start in December, Water for South Sudan continues its mission to deliver transformative services to South Sudan.  Thank you for your generous support.

United Peace & Development Project
United Peace & Development Project
WFSS 2014 Drilling Team drilled 40 new wells!
WFSS 2014 Drilling Team drilled 40 new wells!

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