Kwenda Community Well

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South Sudan

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Latitude 3.76
Longitude 31.52

500 Served

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The water project in Kwenda, South Sudan is complete!  See the personal stories below to get a sense for just how important this accomplishment is for the people who live there:


Yunis Tika was born in 1934 and married her beloved husband in 1952, with whom she had three children.

 According to Yunis, in Kwenda it is the women who suffer most when it comes to water related issues. “Women walk long distances to look for water, especially during the dry season.” she said.  She thanks God for the well and thinks it will help to reduce the rampant scourge of dysentery and malaria that kill many children in the village.

 “I thank the donors so much for their care towards us, the poor. We really appreciate you so much and we continually pray for you all the time. Thank you for coming to our rescue.” she concluded.


“I’m so happy for the new well that has been drilled in my community because it is going to help reduce the rampant occurrence of water related disease, which sometimes results in death.” These were the words of Wilson Kuto, a resident of Kwenda village.

 Wilson was born in 1946 and married his first wife in 1989. God has blessed the couple with six children. According to Wilson, the community has been sharing the streams with animals during the dry season. “In the dry season we are forced to share the streams with animals, which is very unpleasant.” he said.

“I extend my heartfelt thanks to the donors and the WHI crew for their continual efforts to reach out to communities with clean water, and even more so sanitation training, which will improve the standards of living of our people.”

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10/04/2012: Project Complete In Kwenda

We are excited to report that the water project in Kwenda, South Sudan, is complete.  The new well is providing safe, clean water for the people who live there. See the project page for more information, including pictures and GPS coordinates.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kwenda, South Sudan
ProjectID: 235
Install Date:  10/04/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/06/2015
Well Depth:  151.00M

Visit History:
08/06/2015 — 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.