One Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Feet
I landed in Yei on February 2, amid rumors that troops were massing into town and conflict was imminent.
Nothing could be further from the truth, NOTHING
We landed to find smiling people, buzzing markets with shops opening daily, motorcycle taxis zooming about, football matches filled Freedom Square, and our team was completing our 80th well funded by UMCOR.
We landed to find smoldering fields, not as a result of conflict, but in preparation for new life. We found a city in the thralls of peace and the hope that always follows peace.
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.