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South Sudan

Wells for South Sudan - NeverThirst

Latitude 5.30
Longitude 30.33

376 Served

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The water project at Miri-Gaiba is part of our partner’s program in South Sudan.

Miri-Gaiba is a rural community of more than 350 people.  Before the completion of this water project, the people of Miri-Gaiba would travel 2 miles to gather water during the rainy season, and more than 3 miles during the dry season.  According to members of the community, this water caused diarrhea and malaria.  

The community is very excited to have this new source of safe clean water so close.  The testimonies below were gathered by our partner from those who will benefit from this project:

“Before the borehole we would get our water from a stagnant pond that comes during the rainy season. In the dry season we walked 3 miles to the river. We had stomach pain and diarrhea from drinking the standing water. We had no filter and we weren’t able to boil the water. There was lots of sicknesses. Now we are happy to have clean water. We prayed for God to give us water and God heard our prayers.” – Faybe O’bo

“Now we are very glad and we thank God that we have clean water. My house is near this pump and I can fetch clean water any time. I don’t have to use standing water from the rain. I can take showers in clean water. I can wash my clothes in clean water. Before I used to go several days without showers but now I can get a shower everyday. We now hope that we can get a clinic and a school because we have a water pump. We will take care of this pump and look for ways to build up our village.” – Rejoice Nabia

“Since we moved here, there has been only been standing water for our needs. Moved here from far away with my husband during the war. My husband died here and I never wanted to move away. Now finally we have good water here and I am happy and thankful to stay here. Rejoice and Rebekah are neighbors. They also want to thank God for blessing the donors and moving them to help build our well.” – Rebekah Nyaroh

Can you hear the hope these women have that clean water can bring?  Thank you for your help!

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Recent Project Updates

08/07/2013: Miri Gaiba Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Miri-Gaiba in South Sudan has a new source of safe, clean water.  We know you were originally told about the community of Ka’baya, but unfortunately our partner had to move the project to a different location.  We just posted a report about Miri-Gaiba from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  The pictures are rather large files, but definitely worth the download time!  Thank you for your help!

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04/11/2013: Status Update From South Sudan

Wondering what might be going on with your project in South Sudan?  We realize it has been quite a while.  We have had some recent communication with our partner in the field, and we can assure you, the work is being done.  The difficulty with this region is that while in South Sudan, our partners have virtually no ability to communicate their progress to us.  Once the work is completed, and they come to a region where they have that ability, we will receive full reports on all of the projects they are working on.  And as soon as we have that information, we will pass it right on to you.

Thanks for your patience!

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Boma: Kotobi, Payam: Kotobi, South Sudan
ProjectID: 243
Install Date:  06/30/2013

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Last Visit: 07/29/2015

Visit History:
07/29/2015 — 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

Neverthirst is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has been in operation since 2008.
They are currently working in India, South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic, and starting to
work in Cambodia. Their mission is simple: Neverthirst exists to provide clean and living water to the
poor through the local church. They desire, along with The Water Project, for communities to use clean water towards realizing long term sustainable development.