Bura Community Well

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South Sudan

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Latitude 3.53
Longitude 31.40

300 Served

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I'm filled with happiness today to be among the witness of the drilling. I extend my sincere thanks to all the people who gave.

Cecilia P. - Community Member

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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.”

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Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Bura, South Sudan
ProjectID: 225
Install Date:  10/11/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/05/2015
Well Depth:  144.00M

Visit History:
08/05/2015 — 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.