The water project at the North Air Strip is part of our partner's program in South Sudan.
North Air Strip is an IDP settlement, which means it is populated by Internally Displaced People. The residents of this village primarily came to South Sudan to escape the persecution which lead to the formation of this new country less than two years ago. North Air Strip is a settlement of 900 people. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here.)
Before receiving the new well, the people of North Air Strip gathered water from an unprotected river almost 2 miles away or traveled more than 3 miles to another well. Aside from the time and effort it takes to carry water that distance, the water from the river was not safe, causing diarrheaand chest pain according to the community members. The following personal were collected by our partner in the field:
Ayati James, a 20 year old mother of two said, "We were fetching water from the river that's 2 miles away and some other people from our village were walking to another borehole that's 3 miles away. Our brothers and sisters came from Khartoum and have suffered a long time here. Sometimes we go to the river to bathe in the river and wash cloths in the river."
Mary Tanisa, 19 years old, remarked, "Now we are very happy because we have clean water in our community. We have new people joining us in our village because of the clean water. We no longer have to walk a long distance. We thank God this very moment because we are now ready to do good things in our village. We are building the houses and God is willing. We study making school for our children in our village. Clean water is around with us! God bless our project!"
Time that was once devoted to gathering water that may or may not be safe is now going towards houses, schools and families! Imagine the changes in store for this community. Thank you for your help!