Thanks to your generous support we have raised the funds needed to drill a well in South Sudan!
Every well drilled brings clean water to at least 1500 people. When people have access to clean water they no longer need to walk for water. Clean water leads to improved health for all, especially children. Once a village has a well, life begins to change. Markets spring up; clinics and schools can be built. Water for South Sudan is pleased to report that our 184 wells drilled since 2005 are bringing life-giving water to over 400,000 people.
Our crews have already begun the 2014 drilling season, and hope to drill 40 new wells this year. We continue to monitor the news out of South Sudan and are hopeful that peace negotiations will bring an end to the conflict. Our drilling crew has been able to start drilling without any problems and had already drilled 7 wells by the end of December. They tell us that things are "business as usual" in the area around Wau, where we have our compound, and they feel completely safe in Wau and the areas in which we are drilling. We remain in close contact with them.
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Thank you again for your help in bringing fresh, clean water to the people of South Sudan.
These girls no longer need to walk miles for water
Thanks to your support, and the support of donors in all 50 US States and 8 countries, Water for South Sudan finished the 2013 drilling season with 40 new wells.
For our founder, Salva Dut, the excitement of this year’s wells is just as powerful as the first well, drilled in 2005 for his father's village. “The best part of my work is seeing the joy on people’s faces when we successfully dig a well,” he says.
The goal for the 2014 drilling season will once again be 40 wells. Crews have been busy planning for the next season since June. Team members have been going over all drilling equipment, making repairs where needed, and taking care of basic maintenance. Supplies have been purchased in Kampala, Uganda, and are making their way to our compound in Wau. Additional parts and supplies are being readied for shipment to South Sudan. There is never a dull moment!
Thank you for being a part of the WFSS community and helping us transform lives... one well at a time.
This summer Water for South Sudan reported its best drilling season ever with 40 new wells! We have now drilled a total of 177 wells since 2005.
WFSS crews pushed hard to bring fresh water to as many people as possible during the drilling season from January through May. This season was not without its challenges, as crews figured out how to drill without use of compressors, when they were down for repair.
But 77 wells, bringing water to over 115,000 people brought many bright spots. Benson Deng, our assistant field operations manager, related this story.
While crews were finishing up drilling one of the villagers offered them four goats in thanksgiving for the well. When they declined his generous offer he told them it was the least he could do because the previous year he had lost 25 goats to hyenas when they had to travel long distances for water. A new well brings new life to everyone in a village!
Thank you for your support in helping us bring fresh, clean water to the people of South Sudan. Your support helps this fledging country at the most basic level, helping to bring development and stability, one well at a time.
As the dry season in South Sudan comes to a close, the Water for South Sudan crews are still at work. Crews will keep drilling until the rains make it impossible to continue.
This year, like most, has not been without challenges, but this year, like most, our crews have found ways to meet the always challenging conditions in South Sudan. When our compressors were in need of repair, and unable to be used for drilling through rocky soil, our drilling manager chose sites whose soil was softer and we were still able to drill wells.
We know that each new well brings new life to a village. When the villagers, most often women and girls, no longer have to walk miles for water, more opportunities become available.
The new country of South Sudan continues to grow and develop. South Sudan will celebrate its second anniversary of independence this July. Water for South Sudan is proud to continue our work in the newest nation on earth. Thank you for for being a part of our success.
Our 2013 drilling season has begun! WFSS crews left our compound in Wau, South Sudan on Jan. 15. As of Jan. 27 they had already drilled 3 wells and were on their way to a 4th village.
WFSS only drills during the dry season, usually December until May. The rainy season gives us time to plan, prepare and repair equipment. Numerous repairs were needed this past fall, and difficulties in getting parts to South Sudan delayed our start of drilling.
Our goal for the 2013 drilling season is 40 wells. We drilled our first GlobalGiving well last season, and hope to raise enough funds for our second GlobalGiving well this season. Thanks to you, we have raised $8467 toward this well, leaving $6532 to go.
Thank you for being a part of our success in South Sudan. With your help, we can continue to help the people of South Sudan transform their lives. Each well brings fresh clean water to 1000 to 1500 people. Clean water brings so much-- markets can spring up, schools and clinics can be built. But most important of all-- a new future can begin to emerge.
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