Responding to the Crisis

January 29, 2014

Ensuring that our water projects continue on despite the ongoing political conflict

January 29, 2014

Most people roughly know what to expect in a given day at work. Meetings have usually already been scheduled in advance, and everyone has a pretty firm grip on what their daily task list looks like. While we have a similar consistency to most of our workdays here at the Obakki Foundation, throughout this crisis, the realities of development work in a truly developing country (South Sudan is only a couple years old, after all) have never been more pronounced.

To say that we have had to be on our toes throughout this process would be an understatement. For instance, every morning around 7AM, Treana Peake gets a status update from our team in South Sudan as to what the latest developments are in the currently violence-wrought nation, where conflict has displaced approximately 700,000 people. We need to know where the conflict is happening, what the Internally Displaced People status currently is and how we can best direct our support – all of this can change day-to-day.

Ultimately though, it’s this 24-hour connectivity to our South Sudanese team that has helped bolster hope here in support office and also given hope to the thousands in need in South Sudan.

We’re fortunate that we have a local South Sudanese team that is ready to mobilize during this time of need. Without them, we would not have the same agility and quick response that has helped us continue to deliver our clean water solutions to communities in need during this constantly changing crisis.

We’re excited to share more updates about our current projects and the change that is happening in spite of the turmoil every day – stay tuned!

Despite the political circumstances, thousands are being helped right now with the foundation of water.