Wunlit Adoor Village, Warrap State, South Sudan
“My name is Majok Ngong. I am a 41 year old father married to one wife with five children in Wunlit village. I work as a Boma Administrator of Wunlit as assigned by the Local Government in Gogrial East County, Warrap State, South Sudan. The Wunlit Borehole was installed by the Rural Water Corporation in 2011 and is supervised by the Local Government of Gogrial East County. The Borehole is shared by various beneficiaries such as Wunlit Market, Wunlit Primary School, Wunlit Village, and Wunlit Boma, where I come from as an immediate supervisor of the Borehole. It was broken in April 2023, and I called pump Mechanics, who detected the cylinder to have been completely damaged beyond repair. The cylinder issue was solved, but the point of Gi pipes remained pending since some pipes were almost exhausted, but there was no money to pay for the new pipes. We, therefore, told the mechanics to finish their repair by putting back the old pipes since they could still release water, and we promised them that we would mobilize funds as stakeholders of Wunlit for the new pipes. When We sat together as stakeholders of Wunlit borehole in May 2023, intending to raise money for the new pipes, every comment was finger pointing the hunger issue, claiming that we shall raise money in November 2023 when harvests are stored. It would be their sole responsibility to sell part of their harvests to pay for spare parts in November, and they have nothing to sell right now since hunger has emptied their homes. At the end of July, before reaching the agreed November 2023, the Wunlit borehole stopped supplying water. I sent someone to inform the same mechanics of the Panachier team, who originally learned the old pipes had big holes with leakages. The rod also disconnected from the chain. Mechanics requested the three new pipes with an agreement that we would pay both labor and spare parts fees from the administration of Wunlit Boma, and the community shall compensate the administration. The new pipes were installed, and the repair was successful. The beneficiaries faced a food shortage and lack of clean drinking water as they accessed water from streams returned to Wunlit Borehole.”
Majok Ngong, 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.