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SOUTH SUDAN: Communities Gain Access to Clean Drinking Water

Completed Project

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Read More: ARDF-0313-WauDiocese-SouthSudan

In Their Own Words: 

“This project was born out of [Wau Diocese] Bishop Deng’s pastoral visit to Warrap Archdeaconry in 2012. At the end of the church services, the church and community elders … approached the bishop and explained the community’s dire need for a borehole. … Bishop Deng narrates that one of the elders plainly stated: ‘Bishop, as you can see, we are all thin because of lack of food, but we are not asking for food; we are only asking for water, because with water we can cook even the leaves of trees to survive. But there is nothing else we can drink to survive except water.’ ” — Jacques Biruqgue, diocesan volunteer, Warrap Archdeaconry, South Sudan

Summary:

Formerly part of Sudan, South Sudan became an independent state in 2011 after a six-year period of provisional autonomy. South Sudan has one of the highest infant mortality rates and one of the lowest average life expectancies in the world. Like the rest of South Sudan, the border state of Warrap faces many challenges, including the return of refugees from the north and a lack of safe water for its population. Many women and girls in Warrap walk several miles each day to collect water from rivers, ponds or marshes. This water is frequently contaminated with disease-causing parasites and bacteria that can prove fatal, especially for infants and young children. Because they spend so much time collecting water, many girls cannot attend school. Christian Action for Relief and Development (CARD), the development wing of Wau Diocese of the Anglican Church of Sudan, will make clean water available in three Warrap villages that currently lack wells. CARD will establish borehole wells in these communities and set up local committees to maintain them.

This project benefits 7,500 people, some through multiple impacts. 7,500 people will demonstrate a willingness to engage with the Scriptures by attending dedication ceremonies for the wells, church services and other outreach activities planned by the churches that will have boreholes located in their compounds. They will also benefit from access to safe drinking water, including 450 people who increase their knowledge of hygiene and sanitation by participating in training activities offered by the diocese and 30 people who serve on multi-ethnic water committees – 18 of whom will receive training to maintain the borehole wells and hand pumps

Communities Gain Access to Clean Drinking Water

Diocese of Wau – Many women and girls in walk several miles each day to collect water from rivers, ponds or marshes. This water is frequently contaminated with disease-causing parasites and bacteria that can prove fatal, especially for infants and young children. Because they spend so much time collecting water, many girls cannot attend school. The development wing of Wau Diocese of the Anglican Church of Sudan, will make clean water available in three villages that currently lack wells by establishing borehole wells in these communities and setting up local committees to maintain them.

Funds Needed: $77,350

Full Project Information (PDF): ARDF – South Sudan – Wau – Drinking Water

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