Water for South Sudan (WFSS) is committed to creating sustainable water systems for rural communities in great need. The WFSS well rehab team returns to the organization's older wells to bring them up to a new, stronger design standard, and responds to local requests to rehabilitate wells drilled by other organizations. WFSS delivers sustainable quality-of-life services to and with the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education.
Broken wells across Africa are a big problem. Well-intending organizations often drill a water well for a community, bringing new opportunities. If the well breaks down, the community does not have the necessary training and tools to make simple repairs and keep water flowing. This forces people to migrate near a water source, leaving their village and any development opportunities behind; migration also opens people to conflicts over water sources and land, tribes, and gender-based violence.
WFSS addresses the problem of broken wells in South Sudan by rehabilitating older wells to bring them back to working order and a new design standard: repairing broken parts, upgrading cement well platforms, and new animal watering troughs. Upon completion of well rehabilitation, WFSS trains 1 - 2 people on essential well maintenance and repair; this creates a sustainable water source and ensures water keeps flowing for the community.
Daily access to clean water changes everything; WFSS staff sees this first-hand upon return to older wells. Clean water means women can grow small gardens to sustain their families and sell the excess crops at the market, and families can start small businesses - both allow parents to pay for their children's education. Water also means young girls no longer walk hours each day for water, and they finally gain the opportunity to attend school - educated girls can change a nation.