Training enables women to access clean water and reduce the spread of disease
Anticipated Lives Impacted: 5,630 Actual Lives Impacted: 8,750 (6000 with clean drinking water, 2500 implemented what they learned from hygienic training and waterborne diseases dropped drastically, 125 completed training to maintain the boreholes and increased their engagement in the community by serving on water committees that then train others.)
Ministry Focus: Holistic
Total Amount Requested: $68,787 Amount Spent: $69,350
In their own words:
“We used to cycle long distances in order to get some water and we would end up traveling back home in the evening, which was not safe. In addition to traveling long distances, we would only be able to access water in ponds because our area is very dry. But now with the access of a water borehole near us, at least we are able to dedicate more time to our household chores and help our families better.”
— Mary Awien Athian Keer, Lurchuk village, Warrap state, South Sudan
Access to clean water means more than just quenching thirst. In South Sudan, with its semi-desert climate and history of conflict, access to water means access to health. The Episcopal Church of South Sudan – Christian Action for Relief and Development (ECSS-CARD) has experience working with communities to provide clean water so they were a natural partner for this project, which drilled 5 new boreholes in Wau Province.
The community was involved from the very beginning and by the end of the project, a total of 125 people were inspired by God’s word to serve on the water committees. These community members (mostly women) have completed their training and have trained even more people on safe hygienic practices. Each committee has 25 members and meets on a monthly basis. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the boreholes so that expensive breakdowns can be avoided and the boreholes remain sustainable. In a country known for its history of conflict, it is refreshing to see projects that bring communities together.
“Our women have been traveling long distances in search of water, and it has been so hard for them. Also, seeing children struggle with preventable hygiene diseases has been a challenge for our community, but since the drilling of boreholes, the women are taking shorter times collecting water, thus giving them more time to attend to other household duties. I have also observed that they are now able to attend some of the village meetings, which they had not attended before, and my assumption is because of the lighter burden of fetching water.”
— Chief Manon Ater of Majoknoon village, South Sudan