Alek Primary School, Warap State, South Sudan

“My name is Mary Nyang Madut. I am a 40-year-old mother of eight children living in Alek. Regarding Alek Primary School’s well, the entire school was interrupted for one day when the well stopped functioning at noon yesterday. The learners were forced to go and search for water at Alek Hospital Well, which was highly congested, and pupils hardly accessed drinking water. They were also compelled to leave school before departure time. The water management committee of Alek Primary School quickly contacted the Alek team of WESI mechanics. Unfortunately, their phones were not working until evening at 6:00 pm, and it was communicated to them that Alek Primary School’s well was broken. They responded that it was already late since darkness and night hours were approaching. They promised to come to the well at 6:00 am, which happened at the mentioned time in the early morning. Upon the process of disassembling to diagnose the damaged part, the mechanics discovered that it was the chain that got disconnected in the middle. The water committee ruled out that they had their reserved chain though rusted, to replace the damaged chain, the mechanics acted in accordance with the committee’s plan and installed the chain after completely disassembling it to see whether there were other issues in some parts, but all were found in good condition, the repair was done, and mechanics received 12,000 South Sudanese Pounds as labor fee for the restoration of Alek Primary School Well.”

Mary Nyang Madut, Community Member

This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.