Water For South Sudan Drilling Wells, Transforming lives

Sudan is a country that is in a desperate need of food and water. Women and children have no choice but to walk 8 hours in the sun to go to their well, only to obtain dirty and contaminated water. How would you feel if everyday, you had to begin a search for water in streams, or even muddy ponds, instead of having the privilege of having access to clean water from indoor sinks wherever you go?

Carrying DIRTY water each day.

WHERE DO THE SUDANESE GET THEIR WATER?

Collecting water from marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells, resulting in illness, and possibly death.

About 4,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from unclean drinking water.

These are the Sudanese people's current water sources.
Treating Deadly Guinea Worm Disease

Drinking polluted substances can lead to illness and sometimes even death. People catch diseases and parasites, such as the guinea worm, collected from indiscriminate water sources.

Stopping the Problem

A non-profit organization called Water For South Sudan was founded in 2003 to help empower the lives of especially women and children. The demanding need for water, makes getting an elementary education difficult. Each well that is constructed, allow for schools, clinics, and homes to be built around them. The easier water is to obtain, the easier it is for children to have the time to attend school.

The Process:

The water for the well comes from underground aquifers. The depth of the aquifer keeps the water clean and uncontaminated. Since a borehole has to be dug, this can be a challenge, in very hot temperatures. The drilling rig requires water before it can drill for water. Water lubricates the drill and then flushes out the earth. Polymer is added to the well to keep it intact. Compressed air must be available. Soil must be tested over and over to observe and measure the progress.

Hard Work For A Cause...
Finishing a Well...
One Step At A Time.
Schools that have fundraised and changed Sudanese lives by helping build wells for them.

282 wells have been created since May 2016. This has helped hundreds of thousands of people.

Salva's Story

Salva Dut, the founder of Water For South Sudan.

As an 11-year-old boy, Salva Dut and several others fled for their lives from the civil war between the North and South Sudan. Two million people had died, while 4 million had been displaced due to the war. Salva Dut and thousands of children, mostly boys, had trekked hundreds of miles in the southern desert heat, until they had reached refugee camps in Ethiopia and the Kakuma camp in Kenya. They had become known as "The Lost Boys of Sudan." Salva Dut began the Water For South Sudan organization, after he had relocated to the United States. Fifteen years later, he figured out that his father was still alive. Salva traveled back to Sudan, to see his father again before he may have possibly perished. The doctor told his father that he was sick due to water-borne disease, and that he should be drinking cleaner water, in order to stay healthy. When Salva returned back to America, he decided to create the Water For South Sudan organization based on helping people like his father, who are in similar situations.

Saving and supporting poor Sudanese lives with a better diet, resulting in a longer life span. Improved hygiene education takes place.

Saving lives starts with you. You can take action by giving tax deductible donations or organizing a fundraiser. Any amount makes a difference. Help today.

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Created with images by Sustainable sanitation - "water source" • prep4md - "female Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, from a sufferer"

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