Impacting Lives

 

Strengthening Families and Communities through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (WASH)

In a South Sudanese village, safe water sends ripples beyond just satisfying peoples’ thirst. Along with providing wells and hygiene programs to those in South Sudan, WFSS partners with the villages and people we serve.

The availability of water, coupled with basic hygiene information:

  • Improves individual and community health

  • Gives more children the opportunity to attend school

  • Increases local stability and economic development

The result is a village renewed by its own efforts and people that have new freedoms to transform their lives, without the worries of contaminated water.

 

Stories from the Field

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A conversation with Angelina of Kuajok

WFSS drilled a well in Kuajok in 2008. In 2018, the team returned to rehab the well and provide hygiene training.

Before WFSS drilled a well and provided hygiene training to Kuajok:

Our life was bad. Sometimes we may stay without water, that means we may get few to drink and people may stay without taking bath and eat food without washing their hands. Water-borne diseases were common compared to these days.

After WFSS built a well and provided hygiene training:

There is improvement on water availability. No water-borne diseases raise repeatedly. Other simple developments are going on in the village and school is now operating near the well. It was started just near the well so that pupils may get water, so that they shouldn’t be interrupted by thirst in learning activities.

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A conversation with Mathiang at the Ayok Dhok Primary School

WFSS drilled a well and provided hygiene training at this school in 2018.

Before WFSS drilled a well and provided hygiene training at Ayok Dhok:

Life was so bad because we do drink from unprotected water sources. Distance was so long, sometimes you may fail to get water on time, then these will result to sleeping without food and even without taking bath. Our cattle was suffering with us too, because where we reach water was two-three hours walk on foot. Some cattle get lost on the way back home and hyenas will attack them on the way.

After WFSS built a well and provided hygiene training:

Life of our livestock now is more secure. Nobody will fight one another for water reason. WFSS hygiene team has played important roles of preventing water-borne diseases. Long distance covering for water searching has been shortened by WFSS. Now mothers will save many duties at home because water point is nearby. In my conclusion, I would like to thank WFSS for job well done.


 

Water Improves Health 

Clean water directly improves health. Fewer water-borne diseases lead to healthier people and a reduced burden on vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.

Water Expands Learning 

Walking miles each day to collect water takes up hours of a child's day. Many children and women remain uneducated because their priority is to gather water for their families. When a well is built, schools can thrive and hours spent walking for water can be dedicated to education.

Water Creates Growth 

When villages have a well, it can help bring economic vitality. There are more opportunities for people to work, grow crops and make goods to sell. Villages can establish markets, and local economies can grow.


 
“With hope, faith, and perseverance you can accomplish anything. I urge you to just keep walking and when you fall, remember me.”
— WFSS Founder Salva Dut, TEDx Beacon Street 2016