Access to clean water in South Sudan is almost unknown—about 50% of the population does not have access to safe, potable water. Thousands of children die each day from easily treatable diseases resulting from contaminated water and a lack of proper sanitation. During the rainy season, these outbreaks are more common. In addition to the health risks and fatalities associated with this, the lives of women and girls are greatly impacted in a negative way. The burden of collecting water falls upon their shoulders; time spent collecting water means less time that girls could be spending in school or time that women could spend creating a better livelihood for their families.
In partnership with Global Giving, Relief International is ensuring that communities in South Sudan are healthy by: supporting the construction of latrines and water points such as boreholes, organizing and training village water committees to ensure maintenance and care of water points, and training village hygiene promoters to spread healthy hygiene habits among the community.
Currently, in the Mabaan and Longechuk Counties of South Sudan, Relief International has finished repairing 24 boreholes, built 17 new boreholes, and constructed 75 household latrines. In Mabaan County, Relief International has begun the training of 400 village hygiene promoters, 15 hand pump mechanics, and has organized 9 village water committees for the maintenance and care of boreholes. Additionally in Longechuk County, 5 school clubs have been formed in local schools for hygiene promotional activities.
Specifically, in the RI-managed Doro Refugee Camp in Mabaan County, 100 latrines have been constructed along with the creation and management of a solid waste collection and disposal system. Other activities in the Doro refugee camp include hygiene promotion, reforestation, and the distribution of hygiene and women's sanitary kits to ensure community hygiene improvements.
Relief International’s water, sanitation, and hygiene programming in South Sudan is unique and grassroots in its approach. Our field teams train and equip South Sudanese communities with knowledge, expertise, and leadership skills. In this way, Relief International is empowering local community members, refugees, and returnees to tackle health and developmental issues on their own.