Chueicok Village, Warap State, South Sudan

“My name is Awien Akot Manot from Panthou village of Ajogo Payam in Gogrial East County. I was born to a mother who is a farmer and father as an executive Chief, I am currently a 32-year-old mother of four children who are not in school because they’re single orphans whose father had been killed by a gunman in 2016, and I was left as a widow. I decided to come to the market and established a tea parlor to serve people with tea and other meals and earn money to continue business and improve my lifestyle with children. Chueicok borehole is the water source where shops, restaurants, and many people in the market take water on a daily basis. It was broken, which resulted in stopping some business services such as meals and cake. The situation became worse because of the lack of water, neighbouring water sources were scarce, hence, accessing clean water became a serious problem. The head of the water management committee said that she would inform the mechanics to come and look into the issue. She personally went to the mechanics and brought them to the scene, where they started their professional work by removing the parts, one by one, until they reached deep down. They thoroughly checked the parts and learned that a pump cylinder was loosened and couldn’t pull up water from the cylinder through the pipe. It didn’t take long to be solved. They fixed it by tying the cylinder strongly and examining it to see whether it had another problem, but there was no more issue. They reassembled all the parts, and the borehole started working again at full capacity. The business community in the market and members of the household who take water from it were relieved from the acute situation of no water. Therefore, they became grateful for the work of mechanics”.

Awien Akot Manot, 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.