Hamia 2, Yei River State, South Sudan
During the five year war that took place in South Sudan, Hamia 2, like most communities in Yei, did not feel the effects of the war in 2016. At the time, the security in Hamia was extremely tight as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army military were stationed in this location. When the well at Hamia 2 stopped functioning properly, the community members suffered as it was not safe for them to travel outside of the area along the main road. Many had no choice but to take the risk and travel to the nearest bore-hole at Equatoria College. Because Equatoria was the only working well within a 5 mile radius, it became increasingly difficult to gain access to the well as several communities made their way to this same location for relief. Therefore, women would resort to getting water from nearby ponds and streams.
When in-country partners had approval to restore the wells at both Hamia and Hamia 2, they were able to make the repairs in one day. Hamia 2 was an extensive repair as the team had to replace all of the GI pipes and conduct extensive tests on the cylinder to ensure it was still in working order. Access to clean water has provided great relief to community members of Hamia and Hamia 2. No longer having to travel outside of their communities for water, they have a greater sense of peace and stability, which is vital for long term development goals.