Mathok Geng, Warap, South Sudan

“My name is Nyateng Deng Chier. I am 33 years old and a mother of three kids, who are all girls. I gave birth to the first-born baby girl and twins as second-born kids. They are all enrolled in classes 3 and 2 in Primary School. As I am currently speaking at Mathok Geng borehole, it was repaired last year by a team of WESI, both trainers and trainees, in February 2022. All old pipes in this well were replaced with new pipes by WESI organization in Lietnhom Field Office. It took about two months working very well. It supplied clean water to more than four hundred people, but it eventually stopped functioning, and the worst part of it was that my committee and I didn’t complete the payment of balance for the spare part fee. The borehole was stranded without being repaired despite the fact that we tried to mobilize funds. We contacted the owner of the borehole, who was in Juba, to contribute. He immediately promised to clear it as soon as possible, but all in vain until the owner of this borehole fell sick in Juba, taken abroad for medication. Unfortunately, he died recently and was taken back home for burial. After forty days of funeral prayers, I gave up hope that others would help me. I called my next-door neighbors and raised the labor fee and half the balance for the spare part fee. I informed the WESI technicians to come and fix the well. Without hesitation, they arrived quickly and disassembled the borehole and found that some rods were not tightened very well, which prevented water from coming out. They reconnected the rods, reviewed all the parts, and all became well again. People resumed taking water here, and I paid the labor fee and half the amount of the spare part fee. I finally requested the technicians to give me two weeks to collect the balance.”

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.