A new well has been completed for the Koriok Community in South Sudan. The following reports are directly from the field...
Namandi Luci, a mother of six children, was born in Limi Boma -Kangapo 1 Payam. She got married in 1993 in this village and lived happily with her husband until he died in a car accident in 2009. Currently, Namandi lives with the father and brothers-in-law.
She said, "We ran into exile in Moyo, Uganda in 1994 until 2006 when we returned to resettle in our mother land."
"It was a hard situation for families in this village when we came back, there was completely no water even in the nearby communities. We used to move long distances and came back very late. Sometimes we could resort to drinking from the streams," Said Luci.
Even though there are a lot of problems, women find hard times looking for clean water than anything else. "We have been praying for clean water to reach this community so seeing a new well functioning gives us much joy. I really think that God has heard our prayers. I hope through prayers, many of our needs will be met" Namandi said.
"I thank the donors for the great work they do to help the poor, and pray to God to bless them more so that they can help more communities of this kind, thanks also to the Water Harvest team for their efforts."
During our drilling in Koriok village, we interacted with lots of people including Mr. Bolo Raymond. He was so kind to the drill crew and saw to it that food and the care of the crew was properly catered for. Like other Sudanese, Raymond had a story to tell. Many things happened to him while in exile. In his own words, he had this to say:
"Unlike other Sudanese in exile, I was blessed to have a job in Uganda and worked as an Agricultural Officer. The job helped me so much both financially and socially. I was able to get some money to sustain both my family and to plan ahead of time. I thank God for bringing us back from exile and for granting us the opportunity to contribute towards the development of our new nation."
Raymond is planning to open up an agricultural school to help in training some of the returnees about the modern ways of farming so as to help them improve their standards of living. "I’m looking forward to working with anyone who has the interest to boast Agriculture in this new Sudan," he said. Laymond was very happy to have a new well in his village and promised to work hard towards its maintenance.