In South Sudan, millions of women and children trek for up to eight hours a day to collect water from marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells where water is often contaminated with parasites and bacteria. The results are sickness, even death. By providing access to clean, safe water and facilitating hygiene education, Water for South Sudan sows the seeds for growth. Once a well is drilled, schools, markets, and clinics spring up, and life changes, especially for women and girls.
The people of South Sudan often have no choice about what they drink. Water, however tainted, is needed for survival. Drinking this water, which often carries disease and parasites, can lead to illness and death, especially for young children. Water for South Sudan is realizing the vision of Salva Dut, a former “Lost Boy of Sudan.”
Salva is now a dual U.S. and South Sudanese citizen, who has dedicated himself to rebuilding his country. He lives full time in his home country and works closely with the government and local leaders while managing drilling operations. Water for South Sudan (WFSS) is able to operate in the world’s newest country thanks to our on-the-ground leadership. WFSS is led by Founder Salva Dut, along with Country Director Ater Thiep and Ajang Agok. All are former “Lost Boys” who have now gone back to help their homeland, and its people develop.
Our teams are safe: we continue to drill new wells, rehabilitate older wells, and provide hygiene education in every village we visit.