Help WFSS Water the Seeds of Change in South Sudan

Campaign now over $1.2 million!

On March 22, 2016, World Water Day, Salva Dut and Water for South Sudan (WFSS) launched the public phase of our Watering the Seeds of Change campaign.

Watering the Seeds of Change aims to raise $1,500,000 to replace outdated drilling and support equipment, allowing WFSS to become more efficient in drilling operations, and to bolster critical staff in both South Sudan and the United States, strengthening operations in both locations. The campaign will also fund a pilot sanitation project, allowing WFSS to fully move into the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector.

As of June 14, WFSS has raised over $1,200,000, over 80% of our goal! Please join us as we work to secure the future of our work in South Sudan.

We look forward to engaging with our supporters across the US and around the world to complete the campaign.


With a 12 year track record of successful projects and the liberation of South Sudan in 2011, WFSS is in a unique position to contribute to the development of the world’s newest country. Our mission, first and foremost, will continue to be improving the quality of life of the people of South Sudan by providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. Access to water becomes a catalyst for broader development, providing a basis for sustainable communities that can develop and grow on their own, and bringing stability to a fragile nation. Trade and market activity, schools, and medical care result when women and children no spend their days collecting water.   

WFSS has technical skill in building wells in South Sudan, expertise in engaging villagers in projects, and acumen in collaborating with the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). WFSS is exploring opportunities to expand its mission through collaboration with government agencies and NGOs.

WFSS operations in South Sudan are led by our Founder, Salva Dut, with Ater Akol “Lion” Thiep and Ajang Abraham “AJ” Agok. All three men are former “Lost Boys” who had the good fortune to come to the United States as refugees. They received all of the advantages that the United States has to offer, including education. They each now have dual citizenship in South Sudan and the United States and are dedicated to rebuilding their homeland to become a stable, democratic republic. Knowing the people, the language, the customs, and the geography gives them a tremendous advantage in accomplishing WFSS’s objectives.

Continuing to fulfill our mission in the future requires WFSS to upgrade equipment and to continue investing in developing the skills of our staff. Watering the Seeds of Change is an unprecedented undertaking with a goal of raising $1,500,000. WFSS receives philanthropic support from generous friends in all 50 states and 33 countries. One hundred percent of the Board of Directors has made a financial pledge to the effort. 

You can download a PDF of our campaign brochure here. You may also mail donations to :  Water for South Sudan, Inc., Watering the Seeds of Change Campaign, PO Box 25551, Rochester, NY 14625.

The overall objectives of Watering the Seeds of Change are to:

  • Replace outdated drilling and support equipment, allowing WFSS to become more efficient in drilling operations.

  • Bolster critical staff in both South Sudan and the United States, strengthening operations in both locations.

  • Develop a pilot sanitation project.


The campaign goal is $1,500,000, to be allocated as follows:

Equipment                                                                                                                                                     $1,200,000
               -        New drilling rig and compressor     
               -        New trucks for drilling equipment and vehicles for drilling and hygiene crews
               -        Operations Center and field operations communications equipment

Human Resources                                                                                                                                        $   180,000
               -        Internship program for returning and local South Sudanese
               -        Continuing technical and management education experiences for senior staff

Sanitation Pilot Project                                                                                                                              $   120,000

For information on pledging to the campaign, please contact Cindy DeCarolis, WFSS Director of Development at or call 585-383-0410.