Hai Simba, Yei River State, South Sudan
Hai Simba is a busy community with about 800 people currently residing in the area. While several households within the community fled to a Ugandan refugee camp last year, Many IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) have recently relocated to Hai Simba. The well at Hai Simba was first drilled in 2008. For a decade it has operated with all of the original hardware. During the crisis this past year, minor repairs were done when the borehole stopped working altogether. Replacing two GI pipes and a new pump handle allowed the community to continue to access water.
The women in the community report that they now have peace around the well. Clean, fresh water is pumped plentifully from the well and no one needs to resort to fetching water from the Yei River due to long wait time or rusty water. Adults can focus on rebuilding their community and their homes, and children who were present at the well were returning from school, playful and full of hope. Nine-year-old Mary used her time away from the classroom to crochet as she waited in line with her siblings to fill a jerry can with water. With access to clean water, men, women, and children have the space to work, play and dream about their future.