A well sponsored by Notre Dame alumni is dedicated
Water for South Sudan (WFSS) has successfully concluded its 2018 season. In addition to drilling new wells, the season now includes rehabilitating older wells and providing hygiene training in each village where our drilling and rehab teams work.
This season the drilling team installed 40 new wells in villages previously not having access to clean water. The average population of a village is about 650 to 750 people, meaning that this season WFSS is providing 26,000 to 30,000 new people with fresh, safe water.
WFSS launched its rehabilitation team in 2017. The rehab team is going back to our earlier wells to rebuild the cement platforms around the wells. Rehabilitating our older wells ensures that they are sustainable and will continue to provide communities with clean water. This season the rehab team repaired and upgraded 28 older wells. The process to rehab a well is much quicker than drilling a new well. To maximize the efficiency of both teams, the rehab team began the season helping the drilling team to install wells so that they could complete more new wells. The rehab team then broke off to go on their own to villages where older wells were in need of having the cement platforms repaired.
Hygiene training was conducted in all 68 villages where the drilling and rehab teams worked this season. WFSS's hygiene training program uses a "train the trainer" model. In each village eight people - four men and four women - are trained in best hygiene practices and they then go out to teach the rest of the community.
October 3, 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of WFSS. The first wells were drilled in 2005, hygiene training and well rehabiltation were introduced in 2014 and 2017 respectively. In 2018, WFSS became fully immersed in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector with its first sanitation project - installing latrines at the Zogolona School in Wau which serves about 800 students.
In its first 15 years, WFSS has installed 344 wells, rehabbed 59 wells, provided hygiene training in 226 villages, and constructed one latrine facility. Through these projects WFSS is impacting more than 300,000 lives.
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Hygiene training prevents the spread of disease.
WFSS redesigned the platform around its wells.