Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan

by Alaska Sudan Medical Project
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan
Food & Water for Refugees in South Sudan

Project Report | Oct 4, 2022
Flooding returns. A new plan for clean water.

By Todd Hardesty | Executive Director

For the fourth year in a row heavy rain has caused severe flooding in Fangak County, South Sudan.  This is our base of operations and the region of South Sudan that receives your gifts.  Our team set out recently to assess the water wells we have successfully drilled in the village of Old Fangak.  Old Fangak is the largest village in the area and with access to clean water as well as medical treatment it is has attracted thousands of people displaced by flooding and regional violence.

Our team was not surprised to find that nearly half of the wells are in flooded areas.  The only access, until the flood water recedes, is by canoe.  And like the other wells in the dry part of town, the women who collect water line up in their own canoes to get clean drinking water. 

As we considered the situation, we have concluded that we need to address anticipated flooding in our plans for bringing clean drinking water to this area.  Our team has designed an elevated borehole platform made of steel and galvanized iron which will allow several women at a time to access the water well.  It may still require a canoe to get to the water point, but once they arrive, they can step on a platform to fill their Jerry cans with water. 

In the next few weeks, we will test our design by building one platform in Old Fangak.  The anticipated cost will be around $6,000 per platform which includes the materials and the shipping from Juba, South Sudan along the Nile River to Old Fangak.  If the platform works as anticipated, then every new water well in the flooded areas will be developed to include the elevated platform.  We also will plan on elevating existing water pumps throughout the region. 

It seems there’s always a new challenge while working in South Sudan.  But we are a committed group of people.  We know that clean water saves lives and changes lives.  Together we have already made a big impact and we’re not going to let a little rain (or a lot) get in our way of helping the people of South Sudan.  Thank you for your gifts to help this project.

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Alaska Sudan Medical Project

Location: Anchorage, ALASKA - USA
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Project Leader:
Todd Hardesty
Program Director
Anchorage , ALASKA United States
$21,707 raised of $30,000 goal
 
163 donations
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