Sep 14, 2018

Water for South Sudan Celebrates 15 Years

WFSS drilled 40 new wells during the 2018 season.
WFSS drilled 40 new wells during the 2018 season.

October 3, 2018 marks 15 years since Water for Sudan was founded; in 2011 when South Sudan gained independence the organization's name was changed to Water for South Sudan (WFSS.) Our theme for our 15th anniversary year is Inspired by Water. 

Water has inspired artists, musicians, designers, and poets. WFSS Founder Salva Dut was inspired by water when he learned that his father was ill from drinking contaminated water. Salva always knew that he wanted to someday go back home to help his people. Seeing his father led to the realization that water was how. Please join us in celebrating 15 years of accomplishment:

  • 349 wells serving more than 300,000 people
  • Average number of wells drilled each season - 26
  • 59 older wells rehabilitated since 2017
  • 1,824 community representatives in 228 villages received hygiene education, impacting more than 150,000 individuals
  • 1 sanitation project providing latrines to the Zogolona Primary School serving 800 students 

WFSS has been celebrating with monthly blog posts on the 15th Anniversay blog, social media posts, and culminating in events in Rochester, New York and New York City in October. There are links to the blog and events attached to this report. Below are a couple of quotes from the blog:

"People see the opportunity to give back the gift of pure water, a substance without which life can't be sustained, and something we so easily take for granted, and they are called to help." Founding WFSS Board Member John Bevier

"When you meet Salva and hear his story, what he went through and that he thrived, you get a sense that he has a higher purpose in life." Founding WFSS Board member Robin Hill

Without our donors WFSS would not have realized Salva's dream of bringng clean water to his people. Salva thanks you, the WFSS Board of Directors thanks you, and the WFSS staff in the U.S. and South Sudan thank you. 

WFSS built latrines at Zogolona School
WFSS built latrines at Zogolona School
Students at the Zogolona School
Students at the Zogolona School

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Jun 20, 2018

Report on the 2018 Season

A well sponsored by Notre Dame alumni is dedicated
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.   

You can Vote for WFSS to become a rated non-profit on Charity Navigator. Thank you!

Hygiene training prevents the spread of disease.
Hygiene training prevents the spread of disease.
WFSS redesigned the platform around its wells.
WFSS redesigned the platform around its wells.
May 10, 2018

GlobalGiving Funded Well Drilled - Final Report

This is the third well sponsored by GlobalGiving.
This is the third well sponsored by GlobalGiving.

Water for South Sudan is pleased to report that the well sponsored by GlobalGiving was drilled this season. This is the third well sponsored by GlobalGiving and yours was our 328th. WFSS Founder Salva Dut, our Board of Directors, and our staff are all grateful to GlobalGiving and to everyone who contributed to this project.

Your well was installed in the village of Lil-Miir in Arek-Rek, Aweil East, South Sudan. The village chief is Nhom-Chot Lueth Duomo. The GPS coordinates are 8.73496427.450667. Farming and livestock are the main sources of livlihood for people in this region. The primary crops are: maize, sorghum, groundnuts, and sesame. There is very little infrastructure and few roads in the area. There are still many villages in Aweil East without access to fresh water and open defacation is the norm. 

WFSS also provided hygiene training in the village. Hygiene education is now being offered in every village where we work. Our model is "train the trainer." In each village eight representatives, four men and for women, are chosen to be trained. They help the WFSS team to identify the issues in the village and the training addresses those specific issues. The village representatives go out to train others in their community. When people practice good hygiene it impacts sustainability of the well. 

The WFSS team in South Sudan is busy wrapping up the 2018 drilling season before the rainy season ensues. The drilling team has installed 36 new wells, bringing our total wells to 340. The rehab team has revisited 19 older wells,  rebuilding the cement platforms around the wells. Each village where WFSS worked this season has received hygiene training.   

Each donor's gift to this project has made possible the gift of fresh, clean water to the people of Lil-Miir. Thank you again for your support. 

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Villagers celebrate the well that will bring water
Villagers celebrate the well that will bring water

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