Water for South Sudan helps transform lives in South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. Clean water can be the first step to so many things, better health, education, and peace and development in the world’s newest country.
In a country with a history of conflict, including the unrest which began in December, 2013, WFSS sees the opportunity for water to help bring peace and development in a country in need of both. In this spirit, WFSS launched the United Peace and Development Project with Omaha-based Aqua-Africa drilling four wells in the 2014 drilling season.
The project grew out of a connection between WFSS Founder and Executive Director for East Africa Operations, Salva Dut, and Buey Ray Tut, Executive Director of Aqua-Africa. Salva’s family is of Dinka heritage, and Buey’s family is of Nuer heritage. The Dinka and Nuer have been in conflict for many years, including the unrest that started in December, 2013. Salva and Buey joined together to bring access to clean water, and to show that by working together as South Sudanese, everyone can benefit.
The United Peace and Development Project (UPDP) drilled four wells in the 2014 drilling season. WFSS and Aqua-Africa plan to drill six more wells this season, which is set to begin in December. Three wells will be in predominantly Dinka areas, and three will be in Nuer areas. Salva and Buey are committed to their work for all who need access to clean water.
Salva noted that when he and Buey traveled to Dinka villages last year, “the people welcomed him as their brother.”
“We are dedicated to our nation,” says Buey. “We are trying to make our country a better place.” Salva agrees. “We need peace in our country,” says Salva. “We want to show people how we can all work together.”
Both organizations look forward to helping more clean water flow in South Sudan, for all the people of South Sudan.