Salva and Author Linda Sue Park Share Stage with Contributors

On June 15th, at least a couple hundred people attended "Talk the Walk to Water" at Rochester NY's Downtown Presbyterian Church. The audience heard Salva give thanks for all the support the organization has received and report on this year's successful drilling season: 33 new wells completed. That brings our current Water for South Sudan total to 137 wells built since 2005-- an amazing accomplishment made possible by our supporters from 48 US states, Canada, the UK and Singapore.

Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner and author of "A Long Walk to Water" based on Salva's life as a "Lost Boy of Sudan," read from that book and talked about how she came to write it.

Linda Sue and Salva answered questions from the audience, following recognition of contributors including Monroe Community College's Human Rights and Genocide Project, the Harley School and Rochester's City School #9.

The evening wound up with audience members socializing during a book signing by Salva and Linda Sue.



Salva Dut Featured Speaker at "A Long Walk to Water" 

Salva Dut, president and founder of WFSS, was one of the featured speakers at the Aspen Institute's  7 Billion Conversations that Matter- A Long Walk to Water:  Women, Population and Access to Safe Water.

The Aspen Institute developed this program to discuss the water issues facing the world.  Water is humanity’s most essential need, and yet one third of our planet’s population lacks access to safe water, spreading disease and conflict. As climate change makes draught and disaster increasingly common, leading to melting water sources and wells pumped past the point of renewability, the water we do have is distributed and consumed in a starkly inequitable way.  Watch the entire presentation here.



South Sudan becomes IMF's 188th member country

The Republic of South Sudan joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today when Finance and Economic Planning Minister Kosti Manibe Ngai signed the IMF’s Articles of Agreement at a ceremony in Washington D.C.  “I am happy to welcome the Republic of South Sudan, which today becomes our 188th member,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.  Read more here.


University of Northern Bahr El Ghazal is "Open for Business"

On March 15, 2012 , the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit opened the new Administration building at The University of Northern Bahr El Ghazal.  The University is a South Sudan public university and is pledged to being a part of the solution to the many developmental challenges of this new country.   Read more here.



South Sudan’s Foreign Minister visits France, pledges to intensify relations with Europe

South Sudan said on Sunday that bilateral relations with European countries, particularly France, were “growing well” and that its economic ties were making "positive" ground.   Expanding ties with the international community could mean new economic growth for the world’s newest nation.  Read more here.

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