Build a well in South Sudan for 1500 people

by Water for South Sudan, Inc
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Well sponsored by H20 for Life/Matoska Internat
Well sponsored by H20 for Life/Matoska Internat'l

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

Thank you for your continued support. Thanks to donors like you, we are able to continue our work in South Sudan, transforming lives by providing access to clean water and hygiene education. 


2015-16 Season
We finished the 2015-16 season with 23 new wells, for a new total of 282 wells drilled since 2005. When a village receives a well, and hygiene education, everything improves. Health improves for all, especially for children under the age of five, who are so vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Life dramatically improves for girls and women when they are freed from the arduous task of walking for water every day. Economic stability improves for a village when a market is able to develop. Educational opportunities also grow when a village gets a well.

The Value of Hygiene Education
Since 2014, the WFSS hygiene team has traveled with the drilling team to help villagers improve hygiene practices in every village in which we drill. The hygiene team trains a team of eight people (four men and four women) who can then train others. The WFSS team works with the trainers to identify areas in need of improvement. Better hygiene helps expand the impact of clean water, and leads to health benefits for all.

In Gogrial West County, in the village of Gaikou, a village man named Gau told us that his community did not know that contaminated water made them sick. 

"After Water for South Sudan drilled a well for us and trained us about water and hygiene management, we realized that we were drinking water with germs and we had bad hygiene at our homes before. From now on we will call a meeting to tell everybody about water and new hygiene promoting ways, as taught by Water for South Sudan hygiene team, which is the first time for us to receive well/borehole and new hygiene promotion training. I appreciate Water for South Sudan, administration and management where ever you are, thank you so much for help."

Success of the Past Informs our Future
As we look to our successes of the past 11 years, we have come so far, and look forward to continuing to serve the people of South Sudan. At this writing there has been unrest in the capital city of Juba, and we join the world in advocating for peaceful resolution of all conflicts in South Sudan. Our team has been safe at our Operations Center in Wau and are able to continue planning for the upcoming season.

Our teams are continually working to improve processes and outcomes, using the experiences of each season to inform future planning. Pans for 2016-17 include drilling up to 40 new water wells, rehabilitating the cement platforms on some of our older wells, and continuing to provide hygiene education in every village in which we drill.

This year we have begun researching sanitation solutions in South Sudan. Just as many people do not have access to clean water, many more do not have access to any kind of toilet facilities. We are researching how we can begin to address this great need and are planning to develop a pilot project, possibly a latrine system for a school.

 

Thank you for your support, and for sharing our story with your family and friends. We are deeply grateful for your generosity which funds our work. Water for South Sudan relies competely on private donations, and to date has not received any government funding. Individuals, schools, civic groups and faith-based organizations all support our work. Our donors come from all 50 US states and 33 other countries. 

Thank you for being a part of the WFSS community.

In gratitude, 

Lynn Malooly

Boys bathing in Gaikou village
Boys bathing in Gaikou village
WFSS team visits US this summer
WFSS team visits US this summer
Salva @ Daniel Bagley Elementary, 2016 IGC winner
Salva @ Daniel Bagley Elementary, 2016 IGC winner

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Well sponsored by NYS Garden Clubs
Well sponsored by NYS Garden Clubs

Dear Friends of WFSS,

Thank you for supporting our work in South Sudan! We are pleased to report another successful season in South Sudan with new wells drilled, additional wells repaired, improved hygiene training for villagers, and a more sustainable design which will lead to greater sustainability.

The 2016 season will soon be winding down as it appears that the rainy season is on the way.

Our team has drilled 16 wells so far and is currently working on finishing and sealing the wells. WFSS took the time this season to work on the design and sustainability of our wells and we are pleased to report that our new design is being implemented in all new wells.

The new well design grew out of our 2015 well evaluation survey, which revealed signs of erosion on the cement platforms of our wells. Our team spent the fall and early winter refining the design. That planning time, along with some supplier delays, led to a later start to our season. While the team waited to begin drilling they used that time to repair 20 local wells drilled by other organizations, helping to maintain access to clean water for those in need.

 “We know that we have a much better process now,” says US Operations Director and Board member Don Fairman. “Greater sustainability of our wells means that in the long run we’ll be able to help even more people as our wells last longer and have fewer breakdowns.”

The WFSS Hygiene Team traveled alongside the drilling team and provided hygiene education and training to every village which received a well, as they've done since 2014. The hygiene team is also involved in our sustainability efforts, and will work to help educate villagers on the importance of maintaining the well and constructing fencing to protect it. Future WFSS evaluations will include how well villages continue their hygiene training and practices.


LESSONS LEARNED AS WE GO FORWARD

While we didn’t reach our usual number of wells drilled this season, the information we’ve learned, along with our improved well design, will have a significant impact on future wells, and wells which we’ll rehabilitate. As we continue to learn and improve, we’ll be sharing our knowledge with other water drilling operations as well as the South Sudanese Ministry which oversees water access and management.

As one drilling season ends, planning for the next one begins. WFSS will continue improving the technical sustainability of wells which also is key to protecting the aquifer which supplies them.  Our hygiene team will continue its work and we will start working to develop a pilot sanitation project.

As we look ahead, our well redesign and retrofitting is in place.  We have unwavering attention on developing our South Sudanese team’s skills and talent. We’re seeking to expand our collaborations with other NGOs.  And the numbers of people who contribute time, money and skills to our now 12 year old organization continues to grow and amaze.

With all this momentum, our mission of partnering with the people of South Sudan to empower and transform their lives is stronger than ever. Thank you from Salva and our South Sudan and US leadership and staff for helping make that possible.

In gratitude,

Lynn Malooly

WFSS Hygiene Training
WFSS Hygiene Training
Villagers celebrate access to clean water
Villagers celebrate access to clean water

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Arual from Wunrock Village
Arual from Wunrock Village

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

Thanks to supporters like you, Water for South Sudan is empowering the people of South Sudan to change their lives. Since 2005, we have drilled 259 wells which now provide over a quarter million people with access to fresh water every day. Since 2014 we have also been providing hygiene education in every village in which we drill. As 2016 starts, we look forward to an ambitious plan for even greater sustainability in our work.

Last year WFSS conducted our first formal well evaluation survey. We found all 80 wells surveyed to be in good working order, which also validated our process of training villagers in maintenance and repair and connecting them to supply chains for parts and larger repairs. We met many people whose lives have been changed, like Arual, a woman from Winrock village.

Arual had taken it upon herself to maintain the village well and to till the farm space next to the well. She told us she was grateful for water and the well because now she has time for farming and feeding her children. She was planning to grow tomatoes and okra. When asked what makes her happy, she replied simply, "When I have food."

 

IMPROVING WELL DESIGN & SUSTAINABILITY

Additional findings from the 2015 well evaluation survey included reports on the well platforms. We found that the cement platforms on some of our older wells were not holding up as well as we would like. We have been working on the best way to address this. After attending conferences, and meeting with water experts and engineers, we are in the final stages of a revision of our well platform design, drainage channel and surrounding fencing. In addition, we have further refined our process to seal the wells, to ensure that the aquifer into which we drill remains uncontaminated and able to supply wells with fresh water. 

The 2016 season will begin with implemetation of our improved processes, with a goal of drilling up to 40 new wells. Our hygiene team will continue traveling with the drilling team and educating villagers in improved hygiene practices. Once our drilling team has mastered the new procedures, we will launch a pilot well rehabiltation team which will revisit some of the oldest wells most in need of platform repair. This pilot team plans to repair up to 20 older wells. 

Our new design will continue to involve local people to build, maintain and protect their wells, leading to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency. We are building on the foundation of 10 years of success in drilling borehole wells, and look forward to continued progress in the newest country in the world. Every village that we visit will experience the life changing effects of clean water and hygiene education. Access to clean water changes everything for those living in remote villages in South Sudan.

Thank you for supporting our work. We look forward to an ambitious year as we continue to deliver on our mission to transform lives in South Sudan.

If you would like to get more news from WFSS throughout the drilling season, please sign up for WFSS email news, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In gratitude,

Lynn Malooly
Executive Director

2015 well sponsored by A.R. Rucker Middle School
2015 well sponsored by A.R. Rucker Middle School
Drinking fresh water from a WFSS well
Drinking fresh water from a WFSS well

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Clean water means healthier children
Clean water means healthier children

Dear Friends of Water for South Sudan,

As I write to you from our offices in Rochester, New York, autumn is here, and the leaves are turning many beautiful colors. For us, autumn also means it's time to prepare for the next drilling season in South Sudan.

As the world's newest country, South Sudan has many struggles, including very little infrastructure. Our team in South Sudan is getting ready for their annual trip to Kampala, Uganda to buy drilling supplies and fuel. Our volunteer Operations Team in Rochester, NY is also working hard to prepare, including revising the design of our well platforms.

In February of 2015, our first formal well evaluation survey found that all 80 wells surveyed were in good working order and able to produce clean water. They also found, however, that the cement platforms around some of the wells were showing signs of erosion. Part of our plan for 2015-16 is to launch a pilot well rehabilitation team, which will go back to 20 of the wells most in need of platform repair and rebuild the cement platforms. We will also be using this new well platform design for the new wells we drill this year.

WFSS PLANS FOR 2015-16:

  • Drill up to 40 new wells
  • Conduct hygiene education in each village in which we drill
  • Launch well rehabilitation pilot project to repair well platforms for up to 20 of the wells most in need of repair
  • Continue drilling wells with the United Peace and Development Project

We know that clean water changes everything in South Sudan. When a village has access to clean water, women and girls no longer have to walk miles each day to collect water. Everyone is healthier, and villages can begin to grow and become more stable. Markets, schools and clinics can also grow if there is a sustainable source of fresh water nearby. 

This past year, our well evaluation team met a woman, Arual, from Wunrok village. She had taken it upon herself to maintain the village well and to till the farm space next to it. She said she was grateful for the water because now she has time for farming and feeding her children. When asked what she wanted to grow, she said she will grow tomatoes and okra. When asked what makes her happy she said, “When I have food.”

Drilling wells. Transforming lives. That's what we do, thanks to supporters like you.

Clean water helps grow healthy food
Clean water helps grow healthy food
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Achan, with her daughter, making basket
Achan, with her daughter, making basket

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support of our work in South Sudan. Thanks to you, and many generous supporters like you around the world, Water for South Sudan is transforming lives in the world's newest country.

We finished the 2014-15 drilling season in May with 40 new wells and 40 new villages receiving hygiene training. We drill from December through May, during the dry season, when "roads" (or what passes for roads in South Sudan) are passable for our very heavy vehicles and equipment.

The new wells we drilled means that tens of thousands of people have a source of clean water nearby. Girls and women no longer spend the majority of their time walking for water, and life improves for everyone.

This year we met Achan, a widow who struggled to support herself and her daughter by making baskets. So many things in life require water, including making baskets. Achan and her daughter would take three to four trips a day to a water source two hours away, to gather water for their daily needs, and also for Achan to soak the reeds that she then weaves into baskets. When a well was drilled this year near her village, everything changed for Achan. She now has a ready source of water and can make more baskets, and more money, and can afford to send her daughter to school.

Water changes everything.

This year, marking our 10th anniversary of drilling wells, we conducted our first formal evaluation of wells. WFSS Board member Angelique Stevens traveled from Rochester, New York, USA to South Sudan. She and Field Operations Manager Ater Akol Thiep were able to visit 80 WFSS wells. They found that all of the wells were functioning, and the water was clean. Like all of us, and our equipment and appliances, our wells get older, and sometimes break down. Our well evaluation team noted that a number of the wells had experienced some kind of breakdown, but were then able to be repaired by the villagers.

Part of Water for South Sudan's success is involving villagers in every step of the drilling process-- from choosing the site, to moving parts and gravel, to training villagers in the use and maintenance of the well.  WFSS leaves spare parts behind, and also connects remote villages to supply chains and repair processes so that a simple breakdown does not leave a village without a source of clean water. The well truly becomes the property, and responsibility, of the village.

The WFSS team is hard at work planning for next drilling season, which will include a particular focus on the cement platforms surrounding our wells, some of which are showing signs of wear. We are working on improving the process for making cement, as well as the design for the platforms.

Our US-based Director of Operations visited our Operations Center in Wau, South Sudan, this May. He and our South Sudan team worked together to review equipment and processes, and to plan for the upcoming 2015-16 season. We are always working to grow and learn more, and improve operations and efficiencies.

We look forward to another season, bringing access to clean water, and hygiene education, to those in need.

Thank you for being a part of the WFSS community, and for supporting our work.

With gratitude

Water brings growth, and food
Water brings growth, and food
Water brings health, and smiles
Water brings health, and smiles
Sunset behind a tukol in South Sudan
Sunset behind a tukol in South Sudan

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Water for South Sudan, Inc

Location: Rochester, New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.waterforsouthsudan.org
Project Leader:
Lynn Malooly
Rochester, New York United States

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