WFSS crews have begun drilling and have completed 8 new wells as of this writing. The first wells of this season have been drilled in Tonj East County. They will be heading to Gogrial County next.
Many villages still need access to clean water. Drilling manager Ater Thiep works with local government officials and local village leaders to determine where the wells will go. Once a well site has been determined, local villagers help prepare the site. When the well is completed WFSS trains the villagers to maintain the well.
All 145 WFSS wells are still operational, supplying clean water to hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese.
The goal for this drilling season is 40 wells. Drilling will continue through the dry season, into the month of May.
WFSS Co-Sponsors John Prendergast in Rochester Mar 4
WFSS is proud to be a co-sponsor for Monroe Community College's Visiting Scholar Series featuring human rights activist John Prendergast, founder of The Enough Project, on Monday, March 4. WFSS Founder Salva Dut will travel from South Sudan to make an appearance at the event.
Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity.
Event starts at 7 PM in the Building 4 Theater on the Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester 14623. Parking is in Lot F. Tickets are available here.
Event is sponsored by Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project, Civility Project/Enough is Enough Campaign, Damon City Campus and Water for South Sudan, Inc. For more information please contact MCC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.292.2534.
The Walking Boys Play Available for School Use
Educator and playwright Robert McDonough wrote the play, The Walking Boys, to tell the story of WFSS Founder Salva Dut, and to give his students a chance to share the story with their community.
The Walking Boys is a play based on the true story of Salva, who fled the war-torn region of South Sudan as a twelve year old boy. McDonough brings Salva's autobiography to the stage, raising awareness of the plight of these young refugees and the ongoing struggle for autonomy of the South Sudanese. Written for a middle-school audience, the play depicts the horrifying reality of this journey without explicit violence; sound, light and choreography artistically punctuate the dramatic events, leaving no question about the very real dangers these children faced along the way.
This play was inspired by Salva Dut’s life story drawn from several hours-long interviews the playwright conducted with him, Salva’s unpublished autobiography, the book Just Add Water, written by Robin Hill and Charles Hall, and Robert gratefully acknowledges the inspiration of A Long Walk to Water, a book about Salva’s life written by Linda Sue Park.