Our implementing partner recently completed a new well for the Bura Community in South Sudan. While they were developing the project, they met with Cecilia and Kwori who shared some of their story.
"I'm Cecilia Poni and I am Southern Sudanese by Nationality. I am 28 years old, and married to my beloved husband with whom God has blessed us with three children. Currently, I am living with my children. I was born at the time of the Anyanya uprising (a rebel group in Sudan). During this time my parents suffered greatly and were forced to flee into exile."
"While in exile, our family lived in Bombo, Uganda, until 2006. It was not easy to meet our basic needs and finding clean water was always a problem."
"In my village, we have been using both the existing well and the stream because the only borehole we had was always congested. Sometimes people fight over who takes water first. We always prayed to God over and over again for another water source and I’m so happy He has heard our cry."
"I'm filled with happiness today to be among the witness of the drilling. I extend my sincere thanks to all the people who have toiled this much to make the drilling a success. May the lord bless you mightily."
"My name is Kwori Moses, a Southern Sudanese residing at Bura Village, Kajo-Keji County. I’m 55 years old and married with four children. I was born in this village in 1956 after the beginning of Anyanya war, but we remained here until 1989.
"During the Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), we fled for exile in Bugerere, Uganda in 1991. We came back to our home village in January 2005 after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in Naivasha, Kenya."
"Bura is one of the villages facing water crises, as it is a very dry region. There is a borehole in the nearby village, but is too congested to get water everyday. My wife leaves the home at 6:00 am and comes back at 4:00 pm to gather water for the family. This encourages us sometimes to fetch water from the nearby stream."
I appreciate the donor and the Baptist mission for bringing to us this borehole and I thank them so much. May God bless you all in the name of Jesus."
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 new well for a community in Sudan
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Bura, South Sudan