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Hai Nuba, Yei River State, South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9th July 2011. The newest nation on earth emerged without paved roads, few doctors, hospitals or schools and an illiteracy rate near 90%. This was true nation-building from the basics of water to the intricacies of government and law.

In December 2013, conflict took place between forces of the government and opposition forces leading to the current civil war. Because of this conflict, wells and committees were been abandoned and in need of rehabilitation. Because of recent peace initiatives in Yei, many are returning to their communities or making their way into abandoned villages that are closest to where they have had to resettle.

Hai Nuba is in the city of Yei. In late 2016, this city became overrun by undisciplined troops, and communities fled in a matter of months. Like most boreholes, once the committee and community was disbanded and the pumps sat idle for months on end, it was not long before the pipes began to rust and the bushings dried and cracked. Mrs Joice Asha is the chairperson of Hai Nuba Community Water Well. The borehole is within steps of her home and allows her family to access water without any issue. She has pledged to oversee the operations of the well, ensuring fair and respectful usage from all members of the community. As more people return to the community to resettle, Joice will help educate and empower everyone on the benefits of this new clean water source.