As the rainy season brings our regular operations season to a close, we are pleased to report that WFSS went over goal and was able to drill 42 new wells! Thanks to the generosity of our donors around the world, 42 villages and schools are benefiting from life-saving healthy water.
Our other field team—the rehabilitation team—got an early start in the fall and also exceeded our initial goal, completing the repair and rehabilitation of 60 older wells originally drilled by WFSS.
Each field team is accompanied by a hygiene education team that helps villages improve hygiene practices. Access to clean water and hygiene education helps to reduce diarrheal and waterborne diseases, and helps villagers employ better hygiene practices personally, and in their homes.
Schools in particular benefit greatly from access to clean water and hygiene education.
Mary, a student at Aduktik Primary School in Gogrial State, noted that “Life was difficult [before the well] for pupils, who used to go far distances to fetch water. WFSS improved life in this school, and also provided hygiene promotion, which led to improvement of hygiene behavior.”
In addition, WFSS continued our collaboration with Omaha-based Aqua-Africa on our United Peace and Development Project (UPDP). This year, the organizations worked to drill four new wells, and provide hygiene and micro-democracy training. The UPDP is a joint effort led by members of two historically conflicted tribes—the Dinka and Nuer—coming together to provide access to clean water. The continued success of this collaboration inspires us all, and we look forward to developing future plans.
The WFSS team will launch a small “extended season” drilling project in June, with plans to drill at least eight wells in the Wau area, near the WFSS operations center.
Our Country Directors Lion and AJ will visit the US this summer to review the past season, meet with staff and board members in Rochester, NY, and plan for 2019-20 and beyond.
Thank you to all of our supporters who enable our work.
You truly are helping us to water the seeds of change in South Sudan.