BENEFITING: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN
Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. This mission is inspired and led by our founder, former “Lost Boy” Salva Dut.
As of May 2016, Water for South Sudan has successfully drilled 282 borehole wells, bringing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan. South Sudan is the world's newest country, achieving its independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 9, 2011. It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is about the size of Texas in the US. Part of Water for South Sudan’s mission is also to develop basic infrastructure in the world’s newest country.
Water for South Sudan fills those gaps by drilling for life’s basic necessity, water. 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.
Hope for a better life springs from a well. Children are healthier and can go to school, expanding their dreams and the possibility to fulfill them. Women don’t spend their days trekking long distances for water. Instead they can spend their time growing food and making more nutritious meals for their families and participate in the small businesses that pop up at markets. Clinics can be built and sustained when there is a well nearby.Where safe water flows, life can blossom.
Imagine you’re a woman who treks miles each day for often-contaminated water in desert heat reaching upwards of 120° F. Returning home, you carry a 40 or 50 pound water container on your head. Your children may walk with you, or wait at home for a drink, a bath, or for a cooked meal. They’re not in school because there is no school.There’s no chance for children, especially young women, to gain a basic education, to create a future that might be different.Then, a change happens. A borehole well is drilled nearby.Now, instead of hours walking or waiting for safe, drinkable water, there’s time for other things. Important things for your family, your village.Your village builds a school. A teacher arrives. Your children have new learning and new dreams for their lives.You know that safe water can satisfy many thirsts.