World Water Day in a South Sudan village
March 22, 2017 • South Sudan

On World Water Day, our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects Coordinator, Daniel Hekel, shares recent conversations from a South Sudan village.

Today is World Water Day and I wanted to share with you a story from South Sudan and the work we are currently doing there.

I had the privilege of being in the country two weeks ago and I was able to visit Jieymok Village (pronounced like Jay-mock) in Mayom County, Unity State. Samaritan’s Purse rehabilitated a borehole there in February which has made a clear difference for the community. People from three other villages also come to collect water at this borehole, because there are so few water points in the surrounding area.

Women from the village previously had to walk three hours to collect water.

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A young woman from the village told me, ‘this borehole being repaired is very important and has been helpful for this large community.’ She was forced to walk for three hours to collect water from a river as she had no other choice when the borehole was broken down. She would be tired after travelling such a long distance every day. Many women in the village used to be afraid they would be attacked while walking in the forest to get to the river, which was on the border with land belonging to another tribe where fighting had happened recently.

A women’s leader, Mary, said the repaired hand pump was a key asset for the village. ‘We are doing better because we have water, but other communities don’t have water.’

Clean life-giving water is now available to many villages.

Despite the many challenges in Unity State and South Sudan as a whole, Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to provide emergency relief in several parts of the country.

  • Please pray for our ongoing work in Unity State, that we can reach more communities like Jieymok with clean water and training on hygiene, sanitation, and water point management.
  • As today is World Water Day – Please remember and pray for the 650 million people worldwide who still do not have access to clean water. If everyone everywhere had clean water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths would be cut by 34%.
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