WFSS drilled new wells in 21 villages in 2017.
Water for South Sudan had a great 2017 drilling season, impacting 54 rural South Sudanese villages:
- 21 new wells were drilled in villages having no access to safe water, bringing the total number of wells drilled since 2003 to 304.
- 33 of the earliest wells drilled by WFSS had the platforms around the wells upgraded to a new, stronger and more sustainable design developed by WFSS in 2016.
- All 54 villages received hygiene education to train villagers in keeping the water in the wells clean and to educate them about disease prevention.
Yar is just one of the many people our team met in the field this season. Yar lives in Boul, a village in Alabek County Tonj State, where WFSS installed a borehole well in 2007 and returned this season to rehab that well. Yar was asked how life has changed for the village in the ten years since the well was drilled. Yar enthusiastically replied that life has improved for everyone. Most notably, since the installation of the borehole the rate of water-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, Bilharzia, Typhoid, and Guinea Worm, has dropped significantly.
Yar also shared with the WFSS team that before the well was drilled only four people went to school. Currently there are 26 students, including nine girls. In addition, with plenty of clean water for them there are more domestic animals, such as cows. This provides milk for families providing nutrition that further enhances their health.
Yar was appreciative of the hygiene training provided and is happy that they know how to protect the water source, making it sustainable for a long future.
On behalf of Yar and the Boul community, Water for South Sudan thanks you for your support of our work.
With a well in her village, this child can go to s
team teaching villagers