Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Sudan

Impact: 200 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2011

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Our implementing partner recently completed a new well for the village of Joom in South Sudan.  During their time developing this well, they met with Rose and Luka who shared their stories.

"My name is Rose Modong, I’m 34 years old. I was born in Ongor village and got married in Joom Village to my lovely husband James Lodio in 1999. We have been blessed with five children."

"During the war our my family stayed in Oliji refugee Camp in Uganda." Rose noted that life for her family was not easy while in exile. Sanitation was poor and it was very hard to get clean water. They kept praying for a day to return home. Finally in 1997 they were able to resettle in their  home village."

"Since I have lived in this village, we have been drinking water out of stream called Kije, which does not dry up through out the year. Both humans and animals share this stream. Water turns dirty, especially during rainy season due to run-off from the main road."

According to Rose, it is very hard to boil water daily, and the community has been lacking knowledge of sanitation. She concluded by giving thanks to both the donor and WHI staff for the borehole. She believes that the community will utilize the borehole and sanitation training to further develop its people.

Luka Tondo Pitia was born in June 1963 in Joom village, and got married to his wife in 1991. The couple has seven children and an orphan boy they take care of.

In 1965, when war became serious in the County, the family ran for exile in Masindi, Uganda. At that time Luka’s parents lifted him on the back. They stayed in exile for nine years until 1974 when they  finally returned home to Joom.

"In 1983, I left for Torit, South Sudan, for studying. It was then that the war broke out and my school closed. This kept me from finishing my education and starting a real career."

"Since I was born in this village, the community has been drinking water from both stream and a hand dug shallow well. This has been the major cause of the common diseases in this community.  Sicknesses such as, dysentery, typhoid, guardia have constantly affected this village. I'm so pleased and give thanks to the Lord for looking onto our cry and prayers. Today we are able to receive a borehole in our village for the first time. Also I thank the donor for the contribution let God bless the hand that has given."


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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!

I'm so pleased and give thanks to the Lord for looking onto our cry and prayers. Today we are able to receive a borehole.

Luka Tondo P. - Community Member


1 individual donors
Wentzville Christian Church
Kramer Family
McDonalds Matching gift - Kramer family
WaterDrops of Hope