Hai Gabat, Yei River State, South Sudan

When Yei became the centre of the conflict in 2016, the stores along the road of Hai Gabat closed as shop owners left to seek security. As the conflict zones shifted, many families temporarily left the area to seek security while others fled to Hai Gabat. It became a location where relief agencies and the local church supported people who were internally displaced. For a time, the borehole was abandoned, and then it was used by IDPs for relief without the oversight of a committee.

Mary Achiro recently returned to Hai Gabat with her family. She said the community came together to reestablish the well committee to maintain the condition of the well and the order of those using it. While they do not charge fees at this time, they have plans to do so in the new year as stability returns, shops continue to operate, and community members get back on their feet. With access to a functioning well, the people of Hai Gabat can focus on their businesses and farms, children can attend school, and all can enjoy the benefits that come with drinking clean water.