Story from Pastor Charles Sokiri
The church of Wayaga Baptist was opened on 01/07/10, it has a population of 80 members. This village has 45 family heads, the source of water for this village is an open well dug by the community members. During dry season, the open well go dry and then people have to move to the shallow well near Jalimo Secondary School and the Orphanage primary school, which is two kilometers away. Unfortunately, during the school days the school locks up the well and its locked completely when the school is not operating.
The major problem in this village is how to get safe and clean water. The above mentioned well is shallow and gets contaminated easily. For example, the wells are now contaminated with running water from rain. Not only that, frogs and some aquatic animals are laying their eggs in the water.
The community of Wayaga was crying out for safe and clean water. On June 1st, 2011 the well was completed. Our implementing partner then shared the following stories with us...
Annet is a young lady of 26 years. She gave a reason of why they needed a borehole in their village. She said, when they came back from Uganda, they used to get water from a stream which dries up in the dry season. Sometimes they dug the dry sand along the river to act as a filter.
As I went to take the picture of the well they were using, the water looked so dirty for human consumption. Living organism, organic materials, and all run off water from the rain is dumped into the open hole. This open well had become an agent of death instead of giving life to the people. Many people in this village especially children are suffering from water related diseases such as scabies, rashes, stomach ache, and typhoid.
Annet expressed her joy by saying: ” this borehole will save us from moving long distance, sleeping outside during dry season, and coming late to the church.”
She concluded her story by thanking the donor for the support. “May the good Lord bless all those who contributed for the success of this wells.” Says Juan.
Message from the local Pastor:
On behalf of the entire Christian Community of Wayaga, the Pastor thanked the donor and all those who have worked tirelessly, to see to it that the new well is drilled. “We are very much appreciative for the help you have extended to us, may God bless you all.”
From its independence in 1956 until 2005, Sudanese were caught in ongoing civil warfare between the north and south, resulting in extreme violence and devastation, and what humanitarian organizations call a "lost generation."
Due to its war-torn past, the country lacks almost every part of what modern society considers a necessity:
access to basic health care services, educational opportunities, electricity and infrastructure, a working economy, and most of all - clean water. The country is rebuilding, but is starting from almost nothing. One recent report indicated there were no more than six miles of paved roads in all of South Sudan. (Source: WHI)
(Source: CIA The Word Factbook, LWI)
The Water Project, Inc. is proud to be in partnership with Water Harvest International (WHI), a U.S.-based Christian safe water non-profit with an
operational base in Southern Sudan.
Between 2005 and 2007, several members of the Radler family visited both North and South Sudan on mission trips. Realizing the deep impact that clean water can have not only on a community but also how it can aid in spreading the Gospel, The Radler Foundation decided to start and fund a water drilling operation based in Kajo Keji County, South Sudan.
In May of 2008, as planning and development was taking shape, the Lord blessed the Foundation and brought Stephen Huber on board as WHI's first employee. Stephen moved to Sudan in July of 2008 to set up operations in-country.
A Christian well-drilling NGO in Southern Sudan
WHI drills for rural communities, usually with 10-50 households. Most villagers are originally from this area, but were forced to leave during the long years of civil war and have only recently returned to their ancestral lands.
A community well
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Wayaga Village, South Sudan