Koriok Community Well

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South Sudan

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Latitude 3.84
Longitude 31.65

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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.

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02/23/2012: Koriok Community Well is Completed

A new well has been completed for the Koriok Community in South Sudan.  We’ve posted reports from the field, pictures and GPS coordinates

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Koriok - Kangapo South Sudan
ProjectID: 230
Install Date:  02/23/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 08/05/2015
Well Depth:  120.00M

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.