Dilago Community Well

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South Sudan

Wells for Sudan

Latitude 3.81
Longitude 31.65

500 Served

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The well in Dilago has been completed.

Story from Paibe Manoja
Dirago/Kabele Village

Paibe and his community get
their water from Bibisoni Stream.  When dry season comes the stream
dries up and the whole village has to walk far to one of the open wells
that were dug many years ago.

“The open well is very deep,
we don’t know how many meters down it is but there is water throughout
the year.  Other villages also use this well.  Before the war, the water
from the well was very clean and free of germs.  However, since we have
come back from the refugee camps the water has changed a lot.”

“The color of the water has
changed and sometimes the water smells bad because the well is
surrounded by trees and the leaves fall into the water.  The village has
suffered from many waterborne diseases because of this well.”

“I would like to express my
appreciation and thanks to WHI and the donor of this borehole.  Last
night we were praising God for what has happened.  May God bless you

Story from Keyi James Alese
Dirago Village

Alese is married with three
children and is a teacher at Ebenezer Nursery School.  Alese was on sick
leave from work when WHI arrived in Dirago to drill the well so this
gave me a chance to interact with him.  Alese tells his story:

“I was born in this village
in 1980 and spent the first seven years of my life here.  When the war
broke out my family was forced into exile in Uganda.  In Uganda, we
stayed in the refugee camps and this life was very miserable.  The UN
would give us food aid and then the rebels would come at night and steal
the food.”

“I came back to Sudan in 2005
after the signing of the peace agreement.  Everything was different.
Most of the roads were impassable due to land mine explosions and we
could only get our water from nearby streams.  I think this is why there
were so many waterborne diseases.”

“I thank God that this organization has begun to solve the problem of lack of access to clean water here in Sudan.”

James is a very polite young
man with a sense of humor.  He makes jokes most of the time and is very
active in the community; no wonder he was elected to the village

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Dilago Community, Southern Sudan
ProjectID: 208
Install Date:  07/05/2010

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/05/2015
Well Depth:  60.00M

Visit History:
08/05/2015 — Functional


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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.