San-Ji-Sari Well Rehab Project – South Sudan
This is Project 8 of Phase 2 of our South Sudan Well Rehab Program. Phase 1 of the program began with the Tore region, which became the center of a new wave of violence. These Phase 2 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.
San-Ji-Sari resides four miles Southwest of Yei Town. The borehole was originally drilled for refugees, in 1975, along the main road of the village. San-Ji-Sari still mainly consists of refugees and others displaced from a variety of tribes. The community was formed as a result of the first civil wars of Sudan and South Sudan, in 1982. As the wars broke out the community became strictly dependent on farming and hunting.
When an orphanage was built in the village, the community’s focus shifted and the main borehole was forgotten. Now that the orphanage has its own borehole, the community is back to focusing on the area’s original borehole. The borehole was immediately overused, and lacked a committee to collect and manage funds for the inevitable borehole breakdown. With many residents relying on farming as their only means for financial gain, very few have had the time to commit to being a part of a committee. Right before the borehole broke; the community finally agreed upon necessary terms for the borehole and formed a committee. Less than a month later, the borehole broke down, and has been in disrepair for the past year and a half.
Mary Bannia has been a member of the community for four years. She is a wife and a mother to two boys and two girls. She used to fetch water from the local, community borehole, which was close to her home. When the borehole broke, she was forced to move closer to available water, which still puts her a mile away from the closest stream or shallow well. No matter where Mary goes, the water she gathers for her family is stagnant and contaminated. With carrying water on her head and a baby on her back, Mary has begun to suffer from severe pains in her back and legs, as well.
Daniel Malishis the son of divorced parents, and the brother to five siblings. Now living with his mother, Daniel struggles without his father present. The 14-year-old attends the Lutaya Primary School three miles away. He is hoping to move on to seventh grade next year. However, the broken borehole has forced him to wake up two hours earlier than he is used to in order to fetch water for his entire family. Since his father left, his mother is busy attending to the family farm so that she can afford Daniel’s schooling. But with the extended time it takes to gather water for his family, Daniel has been missing his morning classes, decreasing his chances of advancing to the next grade.
This project will be 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 since 2008. This project should only take days to complete.
First, the Water is Basic crew will take the pump apart, removing all the pipes to examine and check for holes or signs of future problems. The project will restore the pipes and the head of the borehole to reliable and working order.
More than 500 people will benefit.
Peace Corp Volunteer Directing Project
Monitoring & Maintenance
Water Is Basic educates and empowers the community by helping them learn the importance of diverse and equal organization. The water committee becomes a reconciliation tool as mixed genders, tribes and religions work together to manage the community well. By aiding the village in developing a committee, and managing and maintaining their well, the village is able to collect and save money to dedicate to future repairs.
After the last war ended in 2011, many refugees returning to South Sudan landed in this particular region of Yei. Because of this, farming became one of the main forms of economic prosperity. With local boreholes, communities are able to provide clean water for domestic use and their crops. Clean water nearby also helps children, who are responsible for gathering the water for their families, stay on track in school instead of spending their time searching for alternative water sources.
Water is Basic is a borehole drilling organization in the Republic of South Sudan. This organization is a Sudanese solution to a Sudanese problem, birthed and led by many of the religious-Sudanese leaders in response to the country’s water crises. All of the projects in this program are designed to develop self-sustaining water systems. Further, these systems are managed and operated by local villages. It is our mission to build communities and empower the Sudanese to implement solutions to their own crises
While not an official Let Girls Learn project, it is in keeping with the goals and objectives of that program, and, as such, falls under Water Charity’s own Let Girls Learn + heading.
This project has been paid for by an anonymous donor. If you wish to see more great projects like this one, please contribute to our South Sudan Well Rehab Program by clicking on the Donate button below.