IDP Settlement South Air Strip

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South Sudan

Wells for South Sudan - NeverThirst

Latitude 5.36
Longitude 30.34

500 Served

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The water project at the South Air Strip is part of our partner’s program in South Sudan.

South 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.  South 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 South Air Strip gathered water from a river almost 2.5 miles away.  Aside from the time and effort it takes to carry water that distance, the water itself was not safe, causing diarrhea, chest pain and typhoid according to the community members.  The following personal were collected by our partner in the field:

Elizabeth James is 30 years old and has 6 children. She said she previously walked over 2 miles to get water from the Yei River. It caused her family to suffer from diarrhea and chest pains. She said before the war they could use a hand pump that was in another village, but it was broken in the war and nobody has fixed it for them.

Agency Maritin is 25 and has 3 children. She said she is so happy that she does not have to walk so far to get water anymore now that there is a borehole in her village. She said clean water equals a healthy body. She thanks The Water Project for helping provide clean water to her village.

What a change it will be for these many people to have access to safe, clean water right in their own community.  Thank you for your help!

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Recent Project Updates

08/28/2013: New Pictures From South Air Strip

Just a quick note to let you know we just posted some new pictures from the water project at South Air Strip in South Sudan.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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06/10/2013: South Air Strip Project Complete!

At long last, we are very excited to report that the water project at IDP Settlement South 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 pictures of the project.  Thanks 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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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Boma: Mundri, Payam: Mundri, County: Mundri West
ProjectID: 240
Install Date:  06/06/2013

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Last Visit: 07/29/2015

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07/29/2015 — Functional


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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

Neverthirst is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has been in operation since 2008.
They are currently working in India, South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic, and starting to
work in Cambodia. Their mission is simple: Neverthirst exists to provide clean and living water to the
poor through the local church. They desire, along with The Water Project, for communities to use clean water towards realizing long term sustainable development.