Water for South Sudan Interview
Water for South Sudan connects the people of South Sudan to a reliable and sustainable water and sanitation system.
it is estimated that only 40.6% of South Sudanese households have access to basic drinking water sources, with just over 2% having water on the premises. Without this fundamental provision, overcoming poverty’s many other hurdles becomes an insurmountable challenge.
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June 12, 2021
How Water for South Sudan is making clean drinking water accessible for South Sudan communities
#241 Great.com Talks With… Water for South Sudan
In July this year, South Sudan will celebrate its tenth birthday. The fledgling African nation is the world’s newest country. Unfortunately, South Sudan is also one of the world’s poorest countries. In this episode we talked with Lynn Malooly from Water for South Sudan about the importance of providing the South Sudanese people with sustainable clean water and sanitation.
Delivering Positive Change In South Sudan
When South Sudan broke away from its northern neighbor, its new government became largely isolated. The country has since struggled with internal conflict, lack of resources and poor infrastructure. As a result, nearly 32% of the population consumes contaminated water from unimproved sources, with waterborne diseases among the top causes of death for children under the age of five. The vast majority of the population do not have access to adequate sanitation services, with only 19% of South Sudanese households able to access improved sanitation services. The rate of sewerage coverage is 0% and there are no wastewater treatment plants in the country. To combat this, Water for South Sudan installs the pumps and other equipment needed to ensure as many South Sudanese people as possible have reliable access to clean water, along with proper sanitation.
Lynn explains that Water for South Sudan benefits from overseeing the whole installation and maintenance procedure. There is no middleman, because the organization’s entire team works on the ground with local administrators. Water pump failure is one of the most common problems clean water charities face, which is why Water for South Sudan supports local sustainable repair efforts. By these life changing, sustainable, locally-led programs, they strengthen individuals, families, communities, and the nation of South Sudan as a whole.
Listen to the whole interview to hear the inspiring story of Salva, the organization’s founder, who, after living years as a refugee and finally making his way to the US, returns to South Sudan to help provide his countrymen with clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education. Water for South Sudan also welcomes donations.
Drilling Fresh Water Wells in South Sudan
Water for South Sudan delivers life-changing sustainable water supply and sanitation to the nation of South Sudan by sustainable, locally-led programs enabled by inspired donors. By providing water and sanitation for South Sudan, they provide hope and improved quality of life for the people.
Water for South Sudan's donors and supporters worldwide believe in the same concept - that no one should be robbed of the right to basic sanitation and clean water. Receive news from WFSS straight via their news section and find out how you can be part of their programs to bringing aid to South Sudan.
Salva's Story & How Water For South Sudan Started
Salva Dut is the founder of Water for South Sudan Inc. Originally from South Sudan, he was separated from his family by the strife of civil war at a very early age. For 10 years, he lived in refugee camps until he was given the opportunity to move to the US. Years later, he discovers that his father was still alive, but plagued with waterborne parasites like many of his countrymen.
This fueled Salva to start Water for South Sudan, which led to programs that strengthen positive change in his country. And the seeds of change in South Sudan starts by providing access to clean, safe drinking water, sanitation & hygiene education to the South Sudanese people became the focus of the organization. Inspired donors and supporters joined, and to this day they continue the good fight to improve life in South Sudan. You can also become a part of WFSS by attending events such as the "Just Keep Walking virtual challenge", and donating to their cause.
Water for South Sudan is an excellent organization to support if you want to make an immediate, active & positive change in the world. Providing access to clean water for the people of South Sudan is no easy task, and to join the WFSS global community means one more advocate for clean drinking water for the people of South Sudan.
Want to learn more about Water For South Sudan? You can check out their blog and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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