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Snapshot: Drilling Wells, Transforming Lives « International Aid Services America

In Sudan, water is life.  With access to a nearby water source, villagers no longer need to migrate to live. Clean, safe, and potable water is the essence of community development, good health, and life enhancement. A well in a local Sudanese village does much more than simply provide clean drinking water; it changes the social fabric of the village.  Schools, markets, and clinics spring up around fresh water. Instead of having to spend hours every day walking to a distant source in search of water, children are free to attend school. Clean, local drinking water improves life for all in the community, and transforms the future of children throughout Africa.

The tragic irony of Sudan’s need for water is that the largest aquifer in the continent of Africa lies beneath Sudan’s geographical borders. Yet each day, hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Sudan drink surface water that is contaminated with parasites and cholera bacteria, which they walked hours to obtain. Forced to drink from these unsanitary water sources, they become infected, and their weakened immune systems fall prey to other opportunistic diseases that result in pain, sickness, and often death.  A clean, fresh water source is the only solution to this problem.

The Sudanese village of Kanjawa-Lunjini knows first-hand the importance of a local source of clean water. Prior to the village’s new well drilled by IAS, the 450 community members and 75 households were required to walk five miles to a hand dug well in the village of Ayianwa – the closest water source.

Jasline Riyee is 34 years of age and one of the benefactors of IAS’ new well. When she was asked about the new water source in her village, she began praising the work of IAS for coming to the rescue of the community.  “We feel blessed and know that God has heard our prayers,” she said.


Where Safe Water Flows,

Health, Education, & Economic Development Spring Up

Jasline and her young child discuss with IAS the new village well

When asked about their previous experience with the hand dug well in Ayianwa, Jasline stated that the community often suffered from diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea, and that the most affected were their children and the elderly. Now with their new well, these problems occur infrequently.

Young girls of the village who used to spend their days walking to collect water for their families are now in school. Women of the community now have more time for their families and household chores. And finally, there is ample water for children to be able to bathe on a daily basis.

Since 1989, IAS has drilled over five thousand wells in Africa, and each one has impacted the lives of entire communities. Clean water is just one facet of the holistic approach taken by IAS to help the world’s most desperate communities. Your partnership this month allows us to continue sharing the love of Christ through both word and deed.

Thank you for your assistance as we let the “living water” of life flow across Africa to those like Jasline.




Douglas Mann

IAS America

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