Riang Amel Village, Warrap State, South Sudan

“My name is Aweng Chan Deng. I am 32 years old, and I am married. I have four children. I am glad our hand pump was repaired today, 21st Aug 2023. It first broke in January this year and was repaired in May, and after a few days, it was broken again. It has now taken three months since it stopped working, and no repair has been done again until today. Our village of Riang Amel is very far from other villages like Warawar. Since our well got broken, we have faced a lot of difficulty getting clean drinking water. We used to go to a neighboring village called Kuethdit, about 50 minutes from here. But when we go there, we get delayed on the well due to congestion and a big queue at the well, spending approximately 120 minutes in the queue. There is Riang Amel school, which has a borehole and is a 30 minute walk, but the school administration does not allow outsiders to take water from their pump. We had no choice but to get water from the nearby ponds for drinking and other domestic uses. This gave us a lot of problems also in terms of sickness and diseases that we got. It increased frequent visits to health centers and economic hardships for our families. Some NGOs then distributed chlorine tablets to us so we could use them, but they were not enough and were finished, leaving us more susceptible to waterborne diseases. So, today is the happiest moment for me and the entire community because our well is repaired. Right now, I will neither drink dirty water again from the ponds nor walk far distance to go and fetch water from a nearby community because it is right here with me. At this point, I would like to thank the organization for helping us to fix our wells so that we have clean drinking water again like now. And my special thanks to God Almighty for making it possible for you to come and help us in our difficult situation. May God bless you all.”

Aweng Chan Deng, Commmunity 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.