More than half the population of Sudan does not have access to clean water.
In many villages young children are walking kilometres each day to fetch water in jerry cans. Many have only one meal a day, because the rest of the day is taken up by fetching water.
SSNET has partnered with International Aid Services (IAS) to provide
clean water to the people of the Sudans. SSNET funds specific water projects within the borders of the Sudans.
Annual visits to the Sudans and the specific projects, by the members and
partners of SSNET, ensure accurate feedback to our supporters and funders.
On a visit to the village of Nimule in September 2018 where SSNET funded
the drilling of a borehole, the wife of the village chief remarked:
“We used to carry water from the town to our village on our heads in buckets. Because of this labour our hair at the top our heads stopped growing. Now that we have this borehole we do not have to carry on our heads anymore so the hair will grow back. Thank you for allowing us to be beautiful again.”
IAS (International Aid Services) began its work in Sudan in 2002 with a vision to help the most vulnerable and needy.With drilling rigs in four rural states (Red Sea, South Kordofan, West Darfur, and South Darfur) and years of experience in well drilling, IAS is recognized as one of the leading organizations drilling new boreholes in the Sudans. In 2015 IAS drilled 27 new boreholes, in addition to rehabilitating 42 existing boreholes and constructing 7 mini water yards. Today, thousands of Sudanese have cleaner, more reliable supply of water because of this work.
Without real changes in hygiene practices, clean water alone will not be enough to change the high rates of diarrhea and waterborne disease in many rural communities. As IAS drill new boreholes and rehabilitate broken ones, they go further to work together with these communities to educate them on fundamental hygiene issues and promote changes which will bring long-term improvement to their health and wellness.