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This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, working with Water is Basic.
This begins Phase 2 of our South Sudan Well Rehab Program. The program began with the Tore region, which became the center of a new wave of violence. These new projects are being done along the Yei River, of Yei State. We continue with multiple well rehabs in Yei County, where many are displaced from the last two years of violence in the Unity and Jonglei States.
Abegi,Yei River County, Yei State, South Sudan; a community that is located 7 miles west of Yei Town.
Abegi is a town of 500, rich in family connection and support. The families shared their single borehole with a neighboring church until the well broke. While mostly dependent on livestock and produce agriculture, some Abegi residents also run small businesses to increase their family’s income. Entrepreneurship and woodworking are beautiful rarities that a few of the Abegi residents dabble in when the opportunity for work in these fields presents itself.
There is no accessible, clean source of water for the rural residents of the Abegi village. This almost guarantees the illness, and likely death, of many of the village’s children, especially those under the age of five. The residents currently fetch water, for drinking and cooking, from dirty wells, streams, and small rivers: anything that they can stumble across that is closest and cleanest, that day.
The world’s newest nation is still struggling with the cultural significance of gender equality. Because of this, the women particularly suffer from lack of close and clean water. Men still openly beat their wives and daughters when they feel their women are taking too long in fetching water for the family. The men blame the extra time spent searching for water on their assumptions that their wives are cheating on them. Forced to focus on the family’s well-being, the women rarely have the opportunity to go to school and participate in an equalizing social arena that will help all genders empathetically and logically understand the other sex.
With so many in the village relying on the same shallow water sources for water, women, such as Diana, suffer. Still living at home at the age of 20, Diana cares for her parents and siblings. One day her father demanded she walk 1 ½ miles to find water for him to bathe in. After waiting in line for the majority of her trip, Diana’s father beat her as soon as she came home, infuriated by the length of time it took her to return.
This project is in collaboration with Water is Basic, a locally owned and operated water drilling company. Over the last 8 years Water is Basic has been a reliable company in South Sudan, drilling and rehabilitating boreholes since 2008.
This project is to rehabilitate the well to bring it back to full functionality. It should only take 1-2 days to complete.
The Water is Basic crew will take the pump apart, and removie all the pipes to examine and check for holes or signs of future problems. Piping will be replaced and all repairs will be made to the head of the borehole.
While the project will help all 500 residents, the women will most benefit from the borehole repair. By providing them a local and healthy source of water, their commute time will be cut down immensely, decreasing the physical abuse within families and providing a greater chance for many more girls to both attend school and help out at home.
Steve is President of Water is Basic U.S. An entrepreneur and pastor, Steve has been involved in South Sudan since 2004 where he has fought alongside his brothers and sisters for peace and opportunity. His motto is “whatever it takes” and he means it when it comes to building the new nation of the Republic of South Sudan.
Monitoring and Maintenance
Since the borehole was drilled, the community has been proud that they immediately formed a committee to ensure proper usage and washing techniques around the deep well. Having lived a long life, the well is finally in disrepair, and work is needed to get iit up and running once again. The committee will attempt to raise funds from the struggling community.
The focus has been, and will continue to be, in monitoring the water usage for borehole-sustainability. The four-member committee will now introduce a required contribution of 5 ssp a month to build up a savings necessary for future repair. The committee will continue their educational practices with the community, through their regular washing training days and daily cleaning maintenance.
Water is Basic’s strengths come from the experienced local personnel. These individuals lead the nonprofit’s mission with determination and skill, guiding the country to develop self-sustaining water systems, managed and operated by local villages. It is the mission, of these projects to build communities and empower the Sudanese to implement solutions for their water crisis on their own.
Water Is Basic operates an internship program where local, promising secondary school graduates manage our projects for one year. Two recent graduates from Nehemiah Gateway University, in Albania, oversaw interns and the projects the interns were directing. In exchange for their work, the interns are given access to distance learning courses and are then assisted in applying for, and attending, their university of choice.
Although this is not officially a Let Girls Learn project, it is clear that girls will receive great benefit from this project and have more time to attend school.
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