In South Sudan, we don’t only drill water wells where there are none. We also work in areas that have older wells requiring rehabilitation. For many villages, the water source is there and the wells have been drilled, but a scarcity of parts and qualified mechanics make fixing them impossible. Some water wells sit dormant for years as villagers are once again forced to rely on unclean water sources or walking hours to another one. Once we bring in the parts, fixing a well takes less than 30 minutes and requires only basic tools.
When it comes to rehabilitating water wells, we have two key objectives: finding the required parts (and getting them into the country); and training locals to fix the pumps if required when we aren’t there. We are committed (as are the communities) to partnering with the people of South Sudan on their road to self-sustainability.