South Sudan faces lack of clean water in the whole country. The demand for water increases, but its availability to the country’s inhabitants continually remains low. Access to clean water is needed. The livelihood of South Sudanese (99%) depends on it. Ninety six percent of the country works in agriculture, which accounts for 97% of its water use. Most farmers are found in rural and their farms are fed by rainwater. They provide for a family or a small community, making them the majority means of living for the South Sudanese.
Women and children devote the most time in their days to gather water from distant sources. They risk their health and safety by bearing frequent trips to a well remote from their homes. Additionally, the women lose productivity from other domestic duties. In South Sudan about less than two percent of water is available for domestic use.
South Sudanese are at high risks for contracting waterborne diseases. Contaminated drinking water may also cause Guinea Worm Disease. It can rapidly affect a water supply for a village by one infected person, harming the total area. Open water sources, such as standing ponds, are common modes of transferring diseases in villages.
The conflict since 2013 have left the South Sudanese to struggle for their own survival. The country strains to provide clean, accessible water to all people.
- Constructing and repairing shallow wells
- Constructing new and repairing old boreholes in each Boma of Western Equatoria region.
- Hygiene and sanitation awareness campaigns