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Marakonye Primary School Well Rehab - South Sudan

Marakonye Primary School Students

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, working with Water is Basic.NPC & WC Logos

This project continues Phase 2 of our South Sudan Well Rehab Program.  The program's first phase began with the Tore region, which became the center of a new wave of violence.  These new 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.Map of Yei River Region

Marakonye Primary School, Yei River County, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan

Community Description
Marakonye is a village found in the northern part of Yei River County, four miles away from the main Yei Town.  The community of Marakonye has been around since the 1920’s, mostly comprised of the Kakaw tribe of the Tike Forest.   For economic prosperity, the 20-household village works in lumbering and farming.  With both a primary school and a regularly and highly attended church, many individuals benefit from the borehole, located just outside the primary school.  The school’s attendance has dramatically decreased due to lack of water and the school’s transition to government funding.  Since 2011, the school has had to repair the borehole two times.

Alex Kiliona Peter- School HeadmasterProblem Addressed
Alex Kiliona Peter is the head teacher of the primary school. He, along with his wife and six children, live four miles away from the school. The borehole was originally drilled for the school, but with a despondent surrounding community, it has been difficult to rally support and funds to fix the borehole. Alex is nervous, as school starts up again in February, and his 668 pupils have no way to obtain drinking water while in their classes. Alex remembers how the borehole broke during last semester’s exams and the treacherous conditions the students put themselves through as they sat through exams, dehydrated. 

Nineteen-year-old Peter Lat is one of these pupils.  He lives a mile away from the school, and is completely dependent on the borehole for water during school and to bring home to his family after classes. Peter Liot Like Alex, Peter remembers the tough time preparing for his exams just as the borehole broke. Alex, like many students, was forced to travel a mile to get water. This caused Alex to be late to multiple exams and thus fail to move forward into the next grade. 

Marry Asa is the cook for the teachers at the school.  With the extra need for water for cooking, drinking, and washing, Marry is struggling to collect ten jerrycans of water at a time. The lack of water has caused many of the teachers to become ill, keeping the students behind, and causing distress for Marry.

Project Description
Isaac’s Wells partnered with Water is Basic on this project to rehab the well at the Marakonye Primary School. This project should only take 1-2 days to complete.
Marry Asa
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. We believe that the problem is a pipe that is rusted through, but sometimes it is hard to be sure before taking the pump apart. The project will restore the GI pipes and the head of the borehole to reliable and working order.

Problem Impact
This project will impact 646 people directly; 640 students and at least 6 staff.  This well rehab will also impact visitors, future students and the surrounding community.

Project Director
Steve Roese
Teachers at the School
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 to develop a committee and manage and maintain their well, the village is able to collect and save money to dedicate to future repairs.

Providing clean and close hydration for pupils, teachers, and school staff, provides a greater attentiveness, regular pupil advancement, and relieves the extraneous stress from those whom depend on the borehole for use during school and for their families throughout the day. Providing a better environment for education helps keep medical costs low and empowers pupils to graduate and obtain jobs that allow them to put money back into the community and funds for borehole management.

School YardWater is Basic is a borehole drilling organization in the Republic of South Sudan birthed and led by Sudanese religious leaders in response to the Country’s water crises. It is a Sudanese solution to a Sudanese problem with funding from Water Charity. The organization also utilizes thousands of volunteers who work to manage and oversee operations of wells once they are installed or restored.

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.


Students in the School yardStudent raising the flag


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