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, supported by civic, educational, and faith-based groups and individual donors as well as grants from foundations.
Our mission is simple: drill borehole wells which bring safe drinking water to the people in South Sudan's remote villages, transforming lives in the process. This mission is inspired and led by our founder, former “Lost Boy” Salva Dut.
As of May 2013, Water for South Sudan has successfully drilled 177 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. Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region is hundreds of miles north and west of where Water for South Sudan currently operates.
The people in our operating area are often underserved by the larger international humanitarian and government-sponsored relief organizations.
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.
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.
Water for South Sudan is authorized and registered by:
- The US Treasury Department to conduct humanitarian activities in Sudan
- The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS)’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission
- The GOSS Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development