Water For South Sudan

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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.

As of May 2017, WFSS has now drilled 304 wells since 2005. This year our pilot rehab team has repaired 31 of our oldest wells, replacing worn and broken concrete platforms, creating even greater sustainability. Read more here.  Our work in the newest country is more important than ever. Our grassroots development work helps bring water, and stability, to the remote regions we serve.  Water for South Sudan is supported by committed volunteers, civic, educational, and faith-based institutions, and donors from all 50 US states and 33 other nations.  For more information contact Water For South Sudan.

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