Joom Village Well

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South Sudan

Wells for Sudan

Latitude 3.55
Longitude 31.37

200 Served

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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

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Stories and Community Profile

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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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Joom, South Sudan
ProjectID: 217
Install Date:  10/11/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 08/06/2015
Well Depth:  120.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
08/06/2015 — Needs Repair


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

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Country Details

South Sudan

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)


Population: 41.3 Million
Lacking clean water: 30%
Below poverty line: 40%
Climate: Tropical in south; arid in north (desert); rainy season varies by region
Languages: Arabic (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, English
Ethnic Groups: Black 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%, Foreigners 2%
Life Expectancy: 58 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 81 deaths per 1000 live births

(Source: CIA The Word Factbook, LWI)

Partner Profile

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.

Through 2008, WHI's support team in Texas acquired the necessary equipment to send to Sudan, including a PAT Drill 301-TP air/mud rig, Toyota Landcruiser, and Tata 4WD Lorry.
Stephen, on the ground in Sudan, began construction of a building and
compound where the operation would be based. The first Sudanese to work
with WHI was George Lukwago, who had recently graduated from university
with a major in Rural Development. Then, with his background as an NGO
contractor, multiple vocational degrees, and a trained pastor, Asiki
Isaac became the second Sudanese on our team.  After more preparations,
WHI started drilling in 2009 and has been busy every since. 

Today, WHI operates with a team of thirteen Sudanese workers
including: a full time Sanitation Coordinator who oversees all aspects
of sanitation training, a Ministry Coordinator who oversees evangelism
and Christian communal development, an expert Pump Installation Team,
and numerous assistant drillers.  The team is currently completing
around two wells a week.