Project #247 | Clean Water for a Rural Community in South Sudan
Our Partnership with Water for South Sudan
Without a stable government, South Sudan lacks the basic infrastructure necessary to support its people. Tribal conflicts over water sources, grazing lands, and cattle-raiding add another layer to this problem resulting in the loss of lives, property, and livelihoods. Climate challenges exacerbate the situation. During the rainy season, water is plentiful for villagers, crops, and animals, but during the six-month dry season, life changes for the worse. According to UNICEF, 5.1 million people in South Sudan—more than half the population—live without the most basic access to safe water, sanitation services, and hygiene education.
We partnered with Water for South Sudan to drill a new well in Agok Village, located in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Gazel State. Community members were involved at every step of process: from removing brush, to digging and carrying gravel, to cooking meals for the team. Several community members were trained to maintain and repair the well as needed. In a community that previously had to walk long distances to fetch dirty water from hand-dug wells, as a result of our partnership 490 people now have access to clean water in their own village!
Our Collective Impact
PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
COMMUNITY MEMBERS TRAINED IN REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
ANIMALS THAT NOW HAVE A SOURCE OF WATER
Achoi is a 37-year-old woman and mother of seven children from Agok village. Achoi used to wake up early in the morning and walk long distances to fetch four jerry cans of water each day. She shares: “Mothers and daughters used to fetch water for their families from hand-dug wells. The water was very dirty. But the only alternative was the river which is a long-distance by foot, especially during the rainy season. We all need clean water, and getting enough drinkable water for my family was never easy, and there was never enough water for domestic uses.”
The installation of a well in Achoi’s village has made a huge difference in her family’s life: “Life is different, better now. We are so grateful to One Day’s Wages and Water for South Sudan now that we always have clean water! Now we don’t have to worry about children getting sick or losing women and babies during childbirth due to lack of clean water. I can now teach my daughters how to do other things besides collecting water. We can once again have hope to build our future.”
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 the fund below.