How WFSS Transforms Lives
Working together, sharing responsibility
The Republic of South Sudan is now one of the world’s poorest countries.
As of May 2015, Water for South Sudan has drilled 257 borehole wells in South Sudan, bringing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of people in remote villages. A single well may serve several thousand people.
People in the villages where Water for South Sudan operates become partners in the development process that makes safe, drinkable water available.
Village elders help determine a well’s location and appoint one of their people to maintain the completed well and its pump. The Water for South Sudan team trains that well manager and provides spare parts.
Villagers offer labor in all aspects of the drilling process. They help to unload trucks and carry supplies. After the well is drilled, the Water for South Sudan team trains the well manager and provides spare parts.
The result is a village renewed by its own efforts with increased confidence that its people can continue to transform their own lives.
Add water, life blossoms
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.
Water Expands Learning
A thirst for knowledge can be satisfied
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.
Water Creates Growth
Entrepreneurs and markets spring up
Most of us who live in developed countries take for granted the ability to make a quick trip to the supermarket for groceries and ordinary household supplies such as soap. We might even stop for tea or coffee at a local café along the way.
Of course that’s not possible in the remote villages of South Sudan, which is one of the poorest and least developed in the world.
But when a South Sudan village has a borehole well, it can foster a marketplace. Before the well, people of the village might have to walk miles, sometimes taking days, to get other basic supplies like oil for cooking, or wheelbarrows for transporting dirt. Sorghum, water bottles, clothes, cooking utensils, and even cookies all can be found in markets near wells.
Village life blossoms profoundly when you add water.
Water Builds Health
A well of initiative
In a South Sudan village, safe water sends ripples beyond just satisfying its peoples’ thirst.
Clean water means healthier pregnancies for women. Children who have access to clean water are healthier and more resistant to disease, particularly in the critical first five years of life,
Villages that receive wells might choose to pursue a medical clinic for their area. Villagers believe that if they build a clinic structure, they will attract support to staff and supply it because a consistent, safe water source is readily available.