The Water for South Sudan team has been hard at work preparing for the 2018 drilling season almost since the 2017 season ended in May. The WFSS Country Director and Assistant Country Director both traveled to the US in June where they participated in operations meetings, fundraising events, and WFSS's Annual Meeting. They returned to South Sudan ready to prep for 2018. Their primary objectives for 2018 are to drill up to 40 new wells and to rehabilitate 40 to 50 of our older wells.
Following are some of the other things our team is focused on:
The Leadership Council, comprised of the management team in South Sudan, is working to grow the work and impact of WFSS.
A new Sanitation Manager has been hired and is currently researching a pilot sanitation project for WFSS.
WFSS managers are receiving training in hygiene and sanitation to further hone their skills in these areas.
WFSS Country and Assistant Country Directors are both networking and interfacing with other NGO's in Wau, as well as with the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) clusters in Wau and Juba. As a result, WFSS was asked to assist with emergency hygiene for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Wau.
WFSS successfully completed a capital campaign June 30th, raising more than $2.1 million. Several trucks have already been purchased and a new drilling rig is being sourced.
WFSS Founder and Senior Advisor, Salva Dut, was recognized as a Hearts on Fire Visionary (link to article below.) Salva will be returning to Rochester, NY this October to help with fundraising. He will be participating in Water Works! A brunch to celebrate peace and development in South Sudan on October 8th (link to RSVP below.) On October 11th Salva and Linda Sue Park, author of A Long Walk to Water will present to middle school students at Monroe Community College (MCC), this event will also be live streamed (link to register below.) And finally, on October 15th Salva will be participating in the 10th Annual Walk for Water hosted by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project at MCC
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