Each day hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Sudan drink unclean water they have spent hours walking to gather. For their very survival people are forced to drink from these contaminated waters and often become ill. What water is available to the mostly destitute people of Southern Sudan is most often found in shallow wells or surface ponds, often many hours’ walk from home villages. The water collected in these arduous journeys is often contaminated with parasites and cholera.
Having fresh clean water every day eliminates many causes of disease. Not having to walk for miles each day allows more freedom for girls and women. Girls can often attend school. Women can create small gardens and cottage industries.
Water brings life to these villages. People can remain in their village year-round. Homes and schools can be built; markets spring up. Medical clinics can be established. Water for Sudan estimates each new well serves 1,000 - 1,500 more people.