Rumbur Community Well

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South Sudan

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Latitude 3.90
Longitude 31.49

500 Served

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After various delays on construction and reporting, our partner in the field reports that the water project in the community of Rombur, in South Sudan, is complete.   The report below gives the story of two members of the community and shares how this new well will directly impact their lives:

Johns’s Story:

In the struggle to find out ways of reaching out to others and sharing God’s word, we happened to meet and interact with John Barang from the Dinka tribe (the biggest tribe in South Sudan), who shared much with us about the Dinka culture. John was kind enough to attend to all our questions.

John appreciates the new well and admitted that his people have been suffering a lot during the dry season. He gave thanks to the well donor and the drill crew.

 Marys’ Story:

“My name is Mary Juan and I am married to Mr. Awal. Currently we are staying in Rombur village. God has blessed us with 10 children and we hope for more, if it is God’s will. My husband is married to three wives of whom I am the first. God has kept us safe in this village and has seen us throughout all the civil wars that have taken place within Sudan. We did not at one time have to flee the village, and are so grateful Him.” said the smiling woman.

Mary admits that the people in the Rombur community drink water from the streams and have never had access to clean water.” Since the village was established, people have drank from the streams. When the water diminishes in the dry season, men dig it out from the sand.” she said.

Thrilled with joy, Mary says the new well will be the genesis for development in her community. “I am very happy and I extend my thanks to the donors and all those who have worked to see this new well is drilled in our village. God bless you all,” Mary concluded.

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10/23/2012: Rumbur Community Project Completed

We are excited to report that the water project in Rumbur, South Sudan, has been completed.  Though the well was actually finished in February, we have just recently received the final reports detailing the project.  We have just posted that report, including GPS coordinates, pictures, and the personal stories of two members of the community.  Check it out!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Rombur, South Sudan
ProjectID: 232
Install Date:  02/11/2012


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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.