One Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Feet
I've been following South Sudan, and Water is Basic's work as a donor and now as a board member and feel pretty knowledgeable. The truth is, much of what we saw on the ground exceeded my expectations, then other days, it felt incredibly bleaker. For every smile from a child in a bustling marketplace, there was another child very ill from a very curable disease.
Joy and her children are rebuilding their lives in the village of Wuluturu. When they first arrived, the well was
broken. They spent hours fetching water from the Yei River every day.
Thanks to your support, our local team was able to repair that well. Now, Joy and hundreds of other community members can collect clean water right from the heart of their village.
As Joy and people like her begin to rebuild their lives, the demand for clean water is increasing.
Sometimes things happen so fast we don’t have time to stop and appreciate their significance. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our work we can’t see the forest through the trees; we’re so focused on our mission we miss the impossible taking place right before our eyes.
So today, I want to stop and take a moment to reflect on the great things Water is Basic experienced in 2018, thanks to your continued care and support for the people of South Sudan.
Joyce and her 7 children were forced to flee the violence in South Sudan several years ago with nothing but the clothes on their backs. She and her husband were separated during the chaos of the war. Having spent many years in a refugee camp, she was eager to come home and find her husband when the fighting stopped.
She and her children recently made the long journey home. While her husband is still nowhere to be found, Joyce is determined to rebuild her life and the lives of her children.
When our team found Joyce living in an abandoned house, all she asked for was a few Jerry cans to collect water. Water for drinking. Water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. Water for making bricks to build a new home. Water to plant and irrigate crops.
Fortunately, we had recently restored the well in Joyce’s village. Joyce and her family are among the lucky ones.