Water for South Sudan continues its 2012 drilling season. As of mid-April, 25 new wells have been drilled, bringing our new total to 129 wells since 2005. Each well serves from 1,000-3,000 people, bringing new water and new possibilities to a village. Drilling will continue until the rainy season starts, sometime in the next few weeks.
Thank you to our president and founder, Salva Dut, and drilling manager, Ater Thiep (aka Lion), for their constant dedication and determination to overcome any obstacle and bring fresh clean water to those who need it.
WFSS Team Travels to South Sudan
WFSS sent an operations team to South Sudan in late February and early March to witness drilling operations firsthand, and to check on and further document previously drilled wells. Board members Bob Smith, Don Fairman (Rochester, NY) and Chuck DuVivier and WFSS supporter Orin Abram (Orange County, CA) spent several weeks with our South Sudan operations teams. This was DuVivier's 10th trip to Africa, and his second to South Sudan.
"South Sudan is one of the most difficult places in the world to work," said DuVivier. "It's remarkable that Water For South Sudan has been so successful year after year. This visit allowed me to see the drilling operations, and verify that older WFSS wells are still working. WFSS provides maintenance training for someone chosen by the villagers to monitor the wells, but we also learned that the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) has pledged to provide maintenance funding and oversight for all the wells in South Sudan. Each payam (town), district and state now have Government of South Sudan employees, supported by the UNMISS, who have spare parts and are able to make repairs if a well is in need. I am more confident than ever that these wells will continue to work for many years to come."
The team observed drilling operations and helped oversee construction of the new WFSS compound. They also documented work-flow processes and made suggestions for improving our operations. We are always looking for ways to improve upon our mission of transforming lives in South Sudan.
Given the immense challenges of drilling in one of the world's poorest countries, the team came home thoroughly impressed with the hard work and dedication of the drilling teams.
"Through extraodinary, can-do attitude and skill, Salva's been able to organize a well-drilling operation that has completed over 120 [Ed. note: at the time of the visit] wells in South Sudan," noted DuVivier. "Hard work and ingenuity by WFSS’s workers contributes significantly to this success."
Talk the Walk to Water: Salva & Linda Sue Park June 15
We are pleased to announce a very special event this summer: WFSS president and founder Salva Dut and Newbery Award-Winning author Linda Sue Park will headline "Talk the Walk to Water- An Evening with Salva and Linda Sue."
Linda Sue is the author of A Long Walk to Water, which tells the true story of Salva's journey from South Sudan as one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, alongside the fictional account of a young girl in South Sudan today. Linda Sue was awarded the Jane Addams Children's Book Award for the book.
The event is set for Friday, June 15, 7PM at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614. City parking is available nearby.
Salva will give an update on this drilling season and Linda Sue and Salva will talk about the story behind A Long Walk to Water. We will also have pictures and video from this drilling season. A reception and book-signing with Linda Sue will follow.
We hope our Rochester-area friends can join us for this special evening. Event is free and open to the public. Please check here for further details.