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The Water Project: IDP Settlement North Air Strip -
The Water Project: IDP Settlement North Air Strip -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for South Sudan - NeverThirst

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Aug 2013

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Community Profile

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!

Project Updates

08/27/2013: North Air Strip Project Complete!

At long last, we are very excited to report that the water project at IDP Settlement North Air Strip in South Sudan is complete.  The new well brings safe, clean water right into the community, rather than having to gather uncertain water over 2 miles away.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and a couple pictures of the project.  If we receive any more pictures from our partner, we’ll be sure to let you know.  Thank You for your help!

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04/11/2013: Status Update From South Sudan

Wondering what might be going on with your project in South Sudan?  We realize it has been quite a while.  We have had some recent communication with our partner in the field, and we can assure you, the work is being done.  The difficulty with this region is that while in South Sudan, our partners have virtually no ability to communicate their progress to us.  Once the work is completed, and they come to a region where they have that ability, we will receive full reports on all of the projects they are working on.  And as soon as we have that information, we will pass it right on to you.

Thanks for your patience!

10/18/2012: A Brief Project Update

We are working on identifying a new partner to complete our projects in Southern Sudan.  Our previous partner did not have adequate capacity to complete the projects in a timely manner.  We apologize for the continued delay and will keep you informed as we establish the new partnership.  If you have any questions or would like to re-allocate your donations to another country where we are working, please give us a call.  We appreciate your support and understanding as we work to move these projects forward in a timely and sustainable manner.

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Project Photos

Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


19 individual donors
Riedman Workflow Design/Offline Donations
Bethel Bergthaler Mennonite Church
Revive Youth Church
Susan Crow Wells 4 Sudan