The first three wells of the 2014-15 season were drilled for our continuing United Peace and Development Project (UPDP), in partnership with Omaha-based nonprofit Aqua-Africa and Rotary International.
The UPDP brings together two nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping the people of South Sudan. Water for South Sudan was founded by Salva Dut, whose heritage is the Dinka tribe. Aqua-Africa’s founder is Buey Ray Tut, whose heritage is the Nuer tribe. The Dinka and Nuer have been in conflict for many years, and the most recent unrest in the country, which started in December, 2013, has largely pitted South Sudan President Salva Kiir's Dinka ethnic group against former Vice President Riek Machar's Nuer group.
Salva and Buey see peace coming through working together in South Sudan. They are working together not as tribal members, but as South Sudanese, uniting to transform the lives of their fellow citizens, and to bring peace to this young nation through development.
“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.”
Four wells were drilled for the UPDP in the 2013-14 drilling season. Salva and Buey plan to drill three more wells together this season, bringing their total to 10 wells drilled in both Dinka and Nuer territories.