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South Sudan

Wells for Sudan

Latitude 3.85
Longitude 31.77

60 Served

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A new well has been constructed in the village of Muresuk, Kigwo in Southern Sudan.  The drilling was finished on Jan. 12, 2010.

This small village is home to 12 households of approximately 60 people.  The well also serves a church and school, both in an adjacent village.

Community Connection:


Kakule Margret

“In this village we get our
water from a stream.  The water amount of water depends on how much
rain we get each year.  This last year the rain was not much so right
now the stream is dry.  Getting water this year has become a big
problem.  We would have to go very early to the dry stream bed and dig
the sand and wait for the water to seep from the sand.  We are worried
about our water.  Though it looks clean, it has a bad smell.  We
believe it is contaminated with things we cannot see.  Furthermore, the
stream is a long distance from our village.  We become tired of walking
the long distance and we also share it with the animals.

We are praying for the borehole to be drilled in our village to solve
the above problems.  The whole village is sick of unsafe water.”


Samuel Wani

“We used to get our water at
Kigwo Stream.  This is mainly during the rainy season.  IN the dry
months the streams goes completely dry.  This is the period where all
living things including cattle, goats, and humans suffer from lack of

We were planning to move to the bank of the Nile River this month because there was little rain and the stream was dry.

Today we are saved from dying due to lack of water and water born
diseases.  Our children used to fall sick frequently.  We believe that
because of the new borehole we will see a change.

We are so blessed for the sanitation training.  Now that we have water, we are going to make sure the sanitation and hygiene issues must be improved in this
village.  Thank you!  May God bless the people who gave use this water.”


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New Well is Complete in Kigwo


Just in from Stephen H., the drilling supervisor at WHI – our implementing partner in Sudan…

“We are finally finished drilling the well in Muresuk village and let me tell you it was one of the toughest wells we have drilled yet!  We actually drilled two different holes.  On the first attempt, we drilled all the way down to 100m (328ft) and only found a small amount of water.  The amount of water was so small it didn’t keep the dust down as we drilled further.


New well under construction in Kigwo Sudan


[singlepic id=1 w=320 h=240 float=right]Hi Water Project!  This is Stephen Huber, Project Manager for WHI and I am happy to tell you that we started drilling your well yesterday (Jan. 7th)  in the village of Muresuk in Kigwo Boma S. Sudan.  We have drilled down to about 24m yesterday and hope to finish the drilling today.  The drilling is slow going due to the hardness of the rock.

Kigwo is the most undeserved Bomas (sub-counties) in Kajo Keji County.  It has four villages and only one water well.  Until recently, the area was very inaccessible due to very poor road conditions and unexploded land mines.  Thankfully, deminers have been working hard clearing the road and another NGO has grated the road and built bridges.

Needless to say, the villagers are very excited!  Many villagers have shown up to help and contribute labor, materials for pad construction, and food for the crew.  The WHI crew is very excited as well to help these people that have been neglected for far to long.  Thank you for your support and we will continue to keep you updated on the drilling process.  Please have a look at the pictures that were taken yesterday.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Muresuk, Kigwo
ProjectID: 200
Install Date:  01/12/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/07/2015
Well Depth:  50.00M

Visit History:
08/07/2015 — Functional

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.