Project #114 | Transforming a Village in South Sudan
Our partnership with World Concern
Life in rural Ranguo village was especially difficult as nearly 3,650 people were without accessible clean water and enough food to eat. It wasn’t uncommon for mothers and children walked hours each day to collect dirty pond water that often made them sick, and for farmers to barley produce enough food for their families to eat one meal. Due to this, children were regularly hungry and suck from malnourishment and water borne disease.
Our partnership with World Concern sought to address the greatest needs of the Ranguo villagers through the idea of maximum sustainability. Families have been provided with and trained on how to properly use water filters, which reduced bacteria-containing e-coli and other waterborne illnesses. Farmers have participated in trainings where they learned best practices for preparing their land, weeding, and other technical skills that have improved their harvests along with the seeds and tools that were distributed. Also, with educational opportunities for children and literacy programs for adults, Ranguo villagers are now empowered to start small businesses and save money for their families’ futures.
Our collective impact
Veronica, a 22-year-old local woman, has found inspiration in the village’s growing interest in learning to read. As a literate woman, her recent joys come from teaching others in her village to read. After attending a special teacher training, Veronica now spends her free time volunteering as a teacher in the local village school and leading four classes of both adults and children (including her own husband) as they learn to read and write in both English and their native language of Luo. “Teaching helps me open up my mind and serve my community,” Veronica says.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.