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South Sudan

Wells for South Sudan - NeverThirst

Latitude 5.05
Longitude 30.33

500 Served

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

Medewu is a rural village of more than 600 people.  Before the completion of this water project, the people of Medewu would travel close to 3 miles to another village to draw water from their well.  Many of the village members noted how wonderful it will be to have all of those hours available for investment in their own community rather than walking to fetch water. Young people, including Jocelyn, age 10, and Emmanuel, age 9, (both pictured below) would make this journey, 2 hours each way, twice a day.  Now those many hours can be spent in school and working with their families to raise food and livestock.

What potential will be unlocked in this community now that clean water is available?  Thank you for your help!

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06/10/2013: Medewu Project Complete!

At long last, we are very excited to report that the water project in Medewu, South Sudan, is complete!  The new well brings a source of safe, clean water right into the community rather than 3 miles away.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Thank you for your help!

The Water Project : southsudan245-medewu1

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!

Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Boma:Medewu, Payam: Kotobi, County: Mundri West
ProjectID: 245
Install Date:  06/10/2013

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.