WFSS and friends celebrated South Sudan's Independence in Rochester, NY.
On July 9th, 2011, the long struggle of the Southern Sudanese people for independence ended as the Republic of South Sudan was born.
In August, 2011 the Board of Directors of Water for Sudan, Inc. voted to change the organization’s name to Water for South Sudan, Inc. (WFSS). The new name more accurately reflects our organization’s area of operations and removes any doubt about us operating in Sudan, the new Republic’s northern neighbor.
To reflect this change, we’re updating our logo, website and other communications. This transition will take time, so our current website, www.waterforsudan.org will remain operational and then automatically redirect visitors to the new website when it is up and running.
Thank you for your support as Water for South Sudan continues our mission of transforming lives by drilling water wells in South Sudan’s remote villages.
WFSS Builds New Compound in Wau
Water for South Sudan is building a new compound in Wau to house our equipment and drilling rigs. This compound gives us a central location from which to work and make repairs, and will also house a new WFSS office. We are looking to hire an administrator in South Sudan to help facilitate paperwork and communication with the WFSS crews and our Rochester, NY headquarters.
WFSS Mourns Passing of John Turner, COO
Water for South Sudan lost a dedicated and passionate supporter this summer when John B. Turner, Jr. our Chief Operating Officer, passed away. John was an integral part of our success, contributing countless hours to overcoming the many challenges of drilling in South Sudan. John was Salva’s right hand man for many years, working through any and all obstacles that came his way. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on, in all the wells in South Sudan that his contributions helped to build.
John retired from the Navy after 12 years of service with the rank of lieutenant. He later became the owner of Cricket on the Hearth, operating several stores in the Rochester, NY area. He was also a passionate and dedicated Rotarian for over 50 years. But it was in his retirement that he found his last mission. Through Rotary John met Salva Dut. Salva had recently begun his quest to bring clean water to the people of South Sudan. John too became a fervent advocate and joined the board of directors of Water for South Sudan, Inc. in 2006. The following year he was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
WFSS Board chair Chris Moore said, "John's dedication to Water for South Sudan was unparalleled. His love of Salva's work and for Salva himself ran deep and will sustain both for many, many years to come. Thank you, John, from the bottom of my heart! Yours is an example we should all strive to emulate."
You can read more about John here.
Robert Smith Named New COO of Water for South Sudan
Water for South Sudan is pleased to announce Robert Smith as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. Bob served as vice COO for the last year and a half, and was hand-picked by COO John Turner to succeed him.
Bob, a native of New York City and graduate of City College, has been a Rochester, NY area resident for 40 years. Early in his career he worked as a machine designer. He also owned a construction company and retired after many years of running an engineering consulting firm. His engineering experience, along with his passion for Water for South Sudan, makes him an ideal match for the organization. Bob has been a member of many volunteer organizations; he has been an active Rotarian for over 30 years, and has been a member and officer of the Penfield, NY Rotary Club.
Bob has jumped into the COO role with both feet, and is working closely with Salva to navigate the many details of drilling wells in South Sudan.