Feb 20, 2020

Second Drilling Team Launched this Drilling Season!

Aj, Lion, Lynn, & Thomas visiting a drilling site
Aj, Lion, Lynn, & Thomas visiting a drilling site

The 2019-20 drilling season launched in December 2019 with exciting new goals and a second drilling team to expand our reach in South Sudan. Our drilling goal for this year is up to 70 new wells, with the addition of our new second drilling team! Thanks to the success of our Watering the Seeds of Change capital campaign, WFSS was able to purchase two drilling rigs, and have a full second team to drill new wells. The rehab team headed into the field on December 2, to start on their plan to rehabilitate 50 of our older wells. Our hygiene education training has also expanded to a third team so that each village we visit can receive hygiene education training (up to 120 trainings this season).

In January, Executive Director Lynn Malooly and Board Vice President Thomas McCarthy visited our teams and operations center in South Sudan. WFSS has experienced a lot of growth since we drilled our first well in 2005, including the construction and development of our operations center, home of our South Sudan office. The operations center allows us to store our inventory, equipment and vehicles. A newly constructed garage provides work space for our mechanics to service our drilling rigs and vehicles. All of this equips WFSS to continue in our mission to be a leading WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) provider in South Sudan.

During their visit, Lynn and Thomas had the honor to witness the opening of our new multi-use building, many years in the planning. The building houses a large room for meetings and trainings, which can also double as sleeping quarters when our field teams are at the compound. The building also has storage and offices, including an office for Country Director Ajang "AJ" Agok and Technical Advisor Ater "Lion" Thiep, who have not had offices in all the years they have been working in leadership roles at WFSS. And finally, the building provides an indoor kitchen for our compound cooks, who prepare meals three times a day for our staff.

There are so many aspects of life in South Sudan that are a challenge, including providing meals. Our staff would have no way of accessing any kind of restaurant or grocery store during working hours, so we provide meals. In addition, we always have staff staying at the compound during evening hours, for security, and to be available for any communication from the field. The cooks previously prepared food outdoors, cooking on open fires. We are thrilled to provide them with safer and more efficient working conditions. The cooks are overjoyed with their new kitchen, and expressed their deepest appreciation to WFSS staff, Board and donors.

These milestones are evidence of the huge impact from our donors. We are incredibly grateful to you for supporting our mission and the people of South Sudan. Please continue to give generously as we look toward the future and continue to develop this young country. Our work can only be accomplished with your help.

New multi-use training center
New multi-use training center
Hygiene education under tree in Gogrial
Hygiene education under tree in Gogrial
Villagers at well rehabilitation site
Villagers at well rehabilitation site
Sunset at WFSS compound in Wau, South Sudan
Sunset at WFSS compound in Wau, South Sudan

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Nov 25, 2019

2019 - 20 Season Set to Begin in December

400th Well
400th Well

During August, our team in South Sudan drilled our 400th well, ending an extended season with a huge milestone. We are set to begin the 2019 - 20 season in December and excited to announce we are launching a second drilling team. With a second team, we will increase our impact and plan to drill 70 new water wells, rehabilitate 50 older wells, and teach hygiene education in every village we visit. WFSS is helping to develop this young country and its people by providing employment opportunities and the chance for women to establish businesses, and children to receive education.

Access to clean water creates profound change. Life-altering opportunities arise when villagers, especially women and girls, no longer have to walk miles each day for water. Markets spring up. Schools and clinics can be built. A new future begins to emerge for a community that has fresh, clean water.

This work is only possible with the help of amazing supporters, like you, from around the world. Thank you for being a part of our work and for helping to make futures brighter for people in South Sudan.

Members of Our South Sudan Team
Members of Our South Sudan Team

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Aug 27, 2019

A Tremendous Year - 399 Wells Drilled Since 2005

Federated Garden Clubs of NYS Well
Federated Garden Clubs of NYS Well

Water for South Sudan (WFSS) completed the 2018-19 season with 399 wells drilled since 2005. We are on the brink of an impressive milestone, and look forward to drilling our 400th well to start the next season!

WFSS has become about so much more than drilling. While we drilled 50 new wells this past season, we also rehabbed 65 of our older wells, and completed 110 hygiene trainings – helping expand the impact of clean water in every village we visited.

The drilling team completed 42 wells during the regular season, and went on to drill eight additional wells during an extended season in June, using the new drilling rigs that were purchased in January. The rehab team got off to an early start and rehabilitated 60 of our older wells by April and then joined the drilling team to help them reach their goals.

WFSS Country Directors Ajang Agok and Ater Akol Thiep traveled to US headquarters in June. They met with staff and board members to debrief on the season, plan for the 2019-20 season, and work on strategic planning for the future. 

Country Director Ajang “AJ” Agok said that the WFSS teams did tremendous work and had a record-breaking year, going over goal on rehab (60 wells, plus 5 additional rehabs in August), and drilling 50 new wells, exceeding the initial goal of 40.

Country Director Reflects on Season, Impact of WFSS

Country Director Ajang “AJ” Agok said that the WFSS teams did tremendous work and had a record-breaking year, going over goal on rehab (60 wells, plus 5 additional rehabs in August), and drilling 50 new wells, exceeding the initial goal of 40.

When asked about the impact of our work, AJ noted that WFSS “has had great impact on the people of South Sudan. Most importantly, the people appreciate the consistency of WFSS, when we drill wells, and when we come back to rehab them. Most NGOs never come back. WFSS goes farther than many NGOs, working in remote rural areas. The villagers are so appreciative of WFSS, its team members, and donors. We are all pleased to see WFSS keep going, and grow, to serve more people in South Sudan.”

Plans for 2019-20

·       Launch second drilling team, operating in tandem with current team

·       Create additional hygiene team, to travel with new drilling team

·       Assess site for next school latrine project

·       Continuous improvement in all we do!

All of this happens thanks to the generous support of our donors around the world. THANK YOU!

Well Drilled by Prospect Elementary
Well Drilled by Prospect Elementary
Fence Around a New Well
Fence Around a New Well
Hygiene Training
Hygiene Training
Rehabbed Well
Rehabbed Well
 
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