Donner Grant Kicks Off 2010 Drilling Season

Water for Sudan receives a $50,000 grant award from The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc. 


Monies from this grant will help purchase equipment and supplies for Water for Sudan’s 2010 efforts in the desolate areas of Southern Sudan, which are already underway.

 “We are very appreciative of this generous support of The William H. Donner Foundation,” says Salva Dut. “We thank them for their confidence in us in fulfilling our mission this year.”

William H. DonnerBased in New York City, the Trustees and Officers of The William H. Donner Foundation have held steadfast to two key philanthropic principles of the founder — acceptance of clearly defined risks and the judicious use of incentive grants to advance thoughtful, creative projects.

Although it is almost five decades since the passing of William H. Donner, the breadth of vision and the willingness to take risks that characterized his business and philanthropic careers are fittingly memorialized in The William H. Donner Foundation.

2010 Drilling Season Begins

Drill team leaders Salva Dut, Ater Thiep and Dep Tuany have a lot to accomplish long before a drill bites into the ground.  Salva and Ater arrived in Kampala, Uganda near the Southern Sudanese border in mid November. They're busy securing spare parts, fuel, and supplies and hiring the drilling team members. Many of the engineers, drivers and workers return to the team year after year.

Dep will soon travel to join Salva. This year, Salva anticipates drilling a maximum number of wells in remote parts of Southern Sudan, including the Upper Nile region where some of Dep's family still resides. "It is home to many Southern Sudanese who immigrated to the San Diego community," says Dep. "We will install fresh water pumps in my homeland."

Ater will lead the transport of supplies to Water for Sudan's compound in the Bahr al Gahzal region of Southern Sudan to complete preparations for drilling. Weather permitting, under Ater's leadership Team A will begin drilling in early January.  Similarly, Salva and Dep plan to begin drilling in the Upper Nile region in early 2010.

“We’ll drill dozens of wells” says Salva. “With no unforeseen difficulties, we are very confident of our success in drilling to our capacity.”