BENEFITING: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN
During the November-to-May dry season, most sources of surface water dry up. This forces millions of South Sudanese each year to leave their village homes in search for water. Some have to abandon their homes and move all together while others, usually, women and children, are forced to trek miles every day to collect water from ponds, marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells. This water is often contaminated with disease-causing parasites and bacteria. The results are pain, sickness, even death, especially among infants and children. Villagers have no choice about what they drink. Water, however tainted, is needed to live. Villagers must relocate during the dry season to be near water sources. Only with the arrival of the next wet season can people return to their homes. This annual hunt for water prevents villages from building stable, basic infrastructure such as schools, markets, and medical clinics. Even when villages are able to build clinics or schools, the buildings can stay empty for up to six months year because the dry season forces villagers to find water. When women and children are forced to walk up to eight hours a day for water, they are unable to do anything else. This demanding, time-intensive regimen makes getting an education difficult if not impossible. This is why most children and especially women in South Sudan do not even have an elementary education.Where safe, clean water flows, education, economic development, and health spring up. Safe water brings new hope and opportunities to South Sudan's people, empowering them to change their lives. Currently, the full cost to drill a well is $15,000 but any donation to reach towards the goal is appreciated. The total cost of a well is determined by the cost of materials in Africa, the difficulty in transporting these materials into remote areas, and the rocky soil through which we often drill. In addition, we must often drill 100 to 300 feet down to reach the renewable aquifer, which will not run out during the dry season and ensures that villagers have a consistent source of water year-round.