A constant search to satisfy a basic need

South Sudan’s environment is starkly beautiful, sub-Saharan desert.  It has just two seasons: one dramatically wet, the other harshly dry. 

During the rainy season, water is plentiful for crops and animals. During the November-to-May dry season, most sources of surface water dry up as daily temperatures frequently rise well above 120°F. 

So, each year, millions of South Sudanese are on the move, leaving their village homes in the search to satisfy a desperate need: water for themselves and their livestock. 

The water they find is often infested with parasites and disease-causing bacteria which sicken, even kill humans. Yet there is no choice. Water, however tainted, is needed to live. Only with the arrival of the next wet season can people return to their village.

This annual hunt for water prevents villages from building stable, basic infrastructure such as schools, markets, and medical clinics

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.