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An IAS “Mini Water Yard” with tap stand in Aweil East, South Sudan

Clean water is the fundamental basis upon which communities survive. Throughout East Africa, IAS wells have not only improved basic health, but have aided in commerce, education, livelihood, and the general well being of countless Africans.

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

The sad irony of Sudan’s need for  water is that one of the largest aquifers in the continent of Africa lies beneath its geographical borders.  Yet each day, for their very survival, hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Sudan drink unsanitary surface water that they have spent hours walking to obtain. This water is deadly, contaminated with parasites and cholera bacteria. Those drinking it often become infected and fall prey to additional opportunistic diseases.

According to UNICEF, unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation kills at least 1.6 million  children under the age of five annually. In fact, almost one billion people on this planet do not have access to an improved source of drinking water.  IAS has been addressing this need since 1989 and has drilled over 5,000 wells in Africa–most of which are in Sudan.

“Whoever believes in me…
out of his heart will flow RIVERS of living water. ” John 7:38 ESV

AS is drilling wells in some of the most desolate regions on earth. Our teams find themselves working in undeveloped areas the size of Texas, where passable roads are scarce and paved roads are often non-existent. Imagine regions where there is little to no electricity, few stores, gas stations, maintenance facilities or supply depots.  Almost everything IAS uses for well-drilling work must be carried into the country from the outside.

Elevated holding tanks and solar panels bring this IAS South Sudan well project into the 21st century

And as spring approaches, IAS drilling teams are hard at work, especially in South Sudan, drilling new and rehabilitating old wells across the country. In fact, our drilling services are in such high demand, even organizations such as the Chicago Lost Boys Association–HELPSudan, are involving our drilling expertise in their local community development projects.

Sudan is a difficult place to work. But it is in this environment that IAS is striving to bring life-sustaining water to those most in need.  And with the delivery of water, the news of a never ending source of living water is imparted to communities as well.

Thanks to your financial involvement with IAS this month, IAS drilling rigs are providing clean, safe water for tens of thousands. Where safe water flows, health, education, and economic development spring up. Thank you for being a part of sustaining lives and empowering present and future generations in Africa.


Douglas Mann
IAS America


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