Kamulaga, Yei River State, South Sudan

Mr. Marcelo Aligo is a resident of Kamulaga area, Mugwo County, Yei River State. Marcelo is 48 years old and is serving as both a watchman at the Kamulaga Health facility and as a member of the water well committee. Even during the most challenging days of the conflict, Marcelo did not leave. He remained in his village of Lapogo, which is four miles away from the main road. What caused Marcelo to stay while others sought refuge in Uganda was his great love and concern for his country, in particular, his community in Mugwo County.

One of the biggest challenges these residents face is the inaccessibility to a stable, clean source of water in the area. The borehole was broken and is located too far from the health centre. Secondly, both the patients here and the people in the community have relied on harvested rainwater, which is not safe for healthy living.

During the dry season where no rainfall is experienced, conditions become even worse. Marcelo stated that drinking from the rainwater causes more health issues, and more often, the water is contaminated simply because the water tanks are not washed properly.

Today, Marcelo is very grateful for the restoration of this well. He also urges supporting agencies to help drill a new water well within the hospital premises so that patients’ caretakers have access to a nearby clean source of water.

Finally, he is grateful to supporters for enabling the repair crew to reach this remote area, thus delivering essential services to the communities in Mugwo County. “Drinking from a clean water source is healthier living,” stated Marcelo.