In March, Board President Glenn Balch, Board member Anne Turner, Executive Director Lynn Malooly, and Operations Coordinator Gary Prok traveled to South Sudan to work with the South Sudan team. The U.S. contingent observed operations and systems to better understand how things function, where improvements can be made, and how the Operations Coordinator can better support the South Sudan team. The team spent time at the WFSS compound where several improvement projects are underway, as well as in the field.
Two major projects are building a wall around the compound and installation of a solar power system. The wall is in progress and will ensure the security and safety of the WFSS staff, as well as protect our drilling equipment and supplies. The solar power system has been installed and is used during the day to run fans, computers, and other electrical appliances. This allows the team to save the generator for emergencies.
The Bahr el Ghazal region where WFSS works is extremely rural and isolated from services. Even with a well life is difficult, especially for women, but they are grateful that their babies don’t die and their children don’t get sick when they have safe water.