Transforming lives in South Sudan

Water for South Sudan, Inc., based in Rochester, New York, USA, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2003. We operate successfully with a small paid staff, a network of committed volunteers, supported by civic, educational, and faith-based groups and individual donors as well as grants from foundations.

Our mission is simple: Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need. This mission is inspired and led by our founder, former “Lost Boy” Salva Dut.

As of May 2014, Water for South Sudan has successfully drilled 217 borehole wells, bringing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan.

South Sudan is the world's newest country, achieving its independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 9, 2011.  It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is about the size of Texas in the US.  Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region is hundreds of miles north and west of where Water for South Sudan currently operates.

The people in our operating area are often underserved by the larger international humanitarian and government-sponsored relief organizations.

Our Guiding Principles

Water for South Sudan Inc., follows this basic principle: the ethical and moral way to create lasting change is to respect and empower people’s capacity to transform their own lives. 

We are committed to creating hope and building initiative alongside the people we serve.

The local knowledge, contacts and on-the-ground inspirational leadership of our founder Salva Dut and our drilling team managers is a unique operating advantage in the always-challenging environment of South Sudan.

In addition to bringing life-sustaining water to remote villages, our drilling operations provide opportunities for South Sudanese and other Africans to learn and use new technical, communications and leadership skills.

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