Mabok Primary School, Warrap State, South Sudan

“My name is Aluet Mawien Teny. I am an 18 year old student at Mabok Primary School in Tiaraliet Payam of Aweil South County in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan. I am in primary eight this year. Today, I am very happy and jubilating to see our pump being repaired on 2nd Aug 2023. The pump broke four days ago, leaving us without clean drinking water. During these four days, we lacked clean drinking water and had to draw water from this nearby pond. This is because there is no other pump nearby our school to get water from. So, we had no option but to take water from the pond to drink and for other purposes. However, many of us fell sick, and some even stopped attending school due to sickness. Since then, there have been a lot of sick reports, and many students have converged to clinics that are very far from here. Another challenge was the lack of food due to lack of water also. WFP provides us with food, but we have spent some days without school meals due to the lack of water. This also increases the absenteeism of some students because some pupils lack food back home, and when they come to school, they get at least one hot meal which closes the hunger gap. When this food is not cooked in school, some children from vulnerable families will stop coming to school. We have been affected negatively also in terms of teaching periods. Our teachers have not been giving us all the lessons for the past four days because we are released to go home earlier when the sun becomes hot. All these challenges I have discussed have been facing us for the last four days, but right now, I am very happy that our pump is being fixed and is functional as before. I am happy that we are not going to drink dirty water again from the pond, our teaching will be normal, and getting our hot meals from our school as usual. Therefore, I would like to thank Almighty God for bringing the technicians, to repair our well today. May god bless you and your partners to continue helping people like us.”

Aluet Mawien Teny, Community Member.

This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.