Who We Are
Transforming lives in South Sudan
Water for South Sudan, Inc., based in Rochester, New York, USA, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2003. We operate successfully with a small paid staff, a network of committed volunteers, and are supported by civic, educational, and faith-based groups and individual donors as well as grants from foundations.
Our mission is simple: Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. This mission is inspired and led by our founder, former “Lost Boy” Salva Dut.
As of May 2016, Water for South Sudan has successfully drilled 282 borehole wells, bringing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan.
South Sudan is the world's newest country, achieving its independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 9, 2011. It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is about the size of Texas in the US. Part of Water for South Sudan’s mission is also to develop basic infrastructure in the world’s newest country. The people in our operating area are often underserved by the larger international humanitarian and government-sponsored relief organizations. Water for South Sudan fills those gaps by drilling for life’s basic necessity, water.
Our Guiding Principles
Water for South Sudan Inc., follows this basic principle: the ethical and moral way to create lasting change is to respect and empower people’s capacity to transform their own lives.
We are committed to creating hope and building initiative alongside the people we serve.
The local knowledge, contacts and on-the-ground inspirational leadership of our founder Salva Dut and our drilling team managers is a unique operating advantage in the always-challenging environment of South Sudan.
In addition to bringing life-sustaining water to remote villages, our drilling operations provide opportunities for South Sudanese and other Africans to learn and use new technical, communications and leadership skills.