Water for South Sudan began drilling wells in 2005, and has now drilled 229 wells as of February 3. The organization is committed to its mission to bring access to clean, safe water and hygiene education to the people of South Sudan and part of that mission is to ensure that all of our wells are operational and able to produce potable water.
WFSS board member Angelique Stevens approached the board last year with a proposal to use her sabbatical from her teaching position at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY to travel to South Sudan and conduct a formal evaluation of wells. The planning for this trip took the better part of a year as Angelique and WFSS staff and board members researched ways to evaluate wells, developed an extensive survey and put together the team and tools necessary to gather solid data.
Angelique left Rochester on January 15 and was met by Salva Dut, WFSS Executive Director for East Africa Operations in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on the 16th. They had meetings in the capital city and then headed to WFSS operations center in Wau on January 22 where Angelique made further preparations for the trip with WFSS Director of Field Operations Ater “Lion” Thiep. They developed an itinerary to reach as many villages as possible.
As of February 3 they have already visited ten wells and have found them all to be functioning and producing clean water.
We look forward to receiving the data, both quantitative and qualitative, to show us how our wells have impacted life in rural South Sudan since 2005. Angelique will return to the US in March and work with WFSS staff to compile and report on data.
Angelique has also been documenting her trip through a new blog on our website-- Angelique’s South Sudan Blog, where she shares photos, stories and thoughts on water, WFSS wells and life in South Sudan.