WFSS Seeks Interns for Drilling Crew

WFSS drilling crew completed 40 new wells in 2014. We are looking for new interns to join our team!Water for South Sudan seeks interested and motivated South Sudanese to work as interns on our drilling crew for the upcoming drilling season, December, 2014 until May, 2015.   WFSS is particularly interested in those with electrical, mechanical or drilling experience.

Applicants must have a valid passport, be in good health, and have fluency in English and local language.

Application deadline is October 3, 2014.  For more information, and to apply, please click here.

South Sudan's Dream of Peace is Still within Reach

With peace talks set to resume this week, South Africa's Archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate Demond Tutu writes that dreams of peace are still within reach, if both sides of the conflict put aside their differences and approach peace talks with honesty and earnestness.  Read more here.

WFSS Supports Water for the World Act

WFSS supports #Water4World. Please join us by contacting your Member of Congress here- and urging support for the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act. Everyone deserves access to clean water!


WFSS Completes Successful 2013-14 Season with 40 New Wells

WFSS 2014 drilling crew drilled 40 new wells in the always challenging landscape of South Sudan.

The Water for South Sudan team installed 40 new wells with hand pumps this year.  The team faced the usual challenges of little or no infrastructure in South Sudan, along with extreme conditions with temperatures sometimes reaching up to and above 120º.  They coped with equipment breakdowns and supply issues, but still reached their goal.  WFSS has now drilled 217 wells since 2005.  Our wells are now serving over 500,000 peope in South Sudan.

We also launched the new WFSS Hygiene Team, which traveled with the drilling team and worked with 23 villages.  The two-person team (one man and one woman) worked with villagers to identify hygiene problems and come up with individual hygiene solutions.  Healthy hygiene practices help to extend the impact of clean water, preventing the spread of germs and disease.  

Our hygiene team works with community leaders to assess their hygiene needs. Four men and four women in each village are trained by our team in best hygiene practices. These eight villagers in turn train others in the community.  In effect, WFSS has developed a “train the trainer” program whereby each person in the village who learns best hygiene practices then teaches others until the message is spread throughout the village. 

For more information on the importance of hygiene, you can read more from the World Health Organization here


"Peace Must Come Soon,” from Enough Project's John Prendergast

Since unrest first broke out in South Sudan on December 15, 2013, the international community has pressed the two sides in the conflict to negotiate a settlement.  A cessation of hostilities agreement was signed on January 23, but unrest has continued.  Representatives from the two rival groups returned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for renewed peace talks on Feburary 20.

The Enough Project, a US-based organization which fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity, has released a new field dispatch which reflects on the causes and impacts of the conflict between the government and opposition forces and outlines core issues to be discussed in the ongoing negotiations.

“Peace Must Come Soon,” written by Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, advocates for a broader, more inclusive peace process that addresses governance, accountability and reconciliation, security sector reform, and regional interests.   Read the full report here.