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Life-saving choices for South Sudan

You can transform the life of an internally displaced family like Angelina’s, with the simple gift of clean water ...

You can transform the life of an internally displaced family like Angelina’s, with the simple gift of clean water ...

Imagine if your home was bombed and you suddenly had to flee for your life with your family.
You leave behind everything you have in the midst of conflict, but when you arrive in an already overcrowded community, you and your family are faced with further challenges.

That’s the harsh reality for thousands of people like Angelina, who, together with her family of 10 children, has been moved into a camp for internally displaced persons in Abiemnhom county, South Sudan. On the brink of starvation and living in a conflict zone in the north, she was forced to bring her family to this camp in search of a better life.

Now she must walk for six hours in intense heat on dangerous terrain to collect dirty water from a river. She risks being attacked and beaten on each journey.

Along with 4,000 other internally displaced people, Angelina initially resettled in the main town in Abiemnhom but, with resources already stretched to capacity, the local authorities had to move them on. What’s more, each person and family who settled in the new camp, however young or old, had to construct their own home.

Angelina and her family are some of the 170,000 people in Unity State who are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty due to the conflict.

With an estimated 55,000 internally displaced people across Mayom and Abiemnhom counties in Unity State, overcrowding and overuse of clean water sources have led to one-third of existing hand pump wells breaking down.

Mary, her husband and six children live in a village in Mayom county with the constant challenge of fetching dirty water from a dried up river nearby.

To get access to the water they have to dig a hole down from the river bed. When they reach water it’s filthy and yet they drink it, cook with it and use it for washing.

Not only does it look and taste revolting, but it’s ridden with bacteria, it makes them sick and it could kill them.

Mary, who is also seven months pregnant, has to do this back-breaking chore three times a day.
Globally 1 in 10 people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water (WHO/UNICEF JMP 2015). But in Mayom county, South Sudan, the situation is far worse: 7 out of 10 people don’t have access to clean water (Samaritan’s Purse baseline survey for Mayom county Feb. 2015).

Samaritan’s Purse is committed to providing sustainable life-changing water solutions. With two decades of programming experience on the ground in South Sudan, they are well placed to bring about positive change for desperate populations even amidst conflict.

In 2016 the charity plans to provide clean water to more than 35,000 people living in Abiemnhom and Mayom counties in Unity State, South Sudan, who currently have no choice but to drink dirty water. They will do this by rehabilitating and installing 70 wells.

This will include providing training for 47 community hand-pump mechanics, carrying out water quality testing twice a year, training 70 Water User Committees  in water management around the wells, and training 70 Hygiene User Committees to ensure best practice hygiene and sanitation behaviours in the local community.

To achieve this goal, Samaritan’s Purse needs your help to raise £525,000 between 1 April and 30 June 2016.

Clean water transforms lives and will:

  • Give the children and adults of South Sudan the precious choice of drinking clean water from a functioning well nearby
  • Enable mums to go to work knowing their children are healthy and safe at school
  • Stop the horror and fear of sexual attack upon women and girls walking long distances to collect safe clean water

For lots of great ideas for how you can get involved and to order your FREE resource pack visit www.turnonthetap.org.uk today.

The Choice is Clear – together we can Turn On The Tap for thousands of people in South Sudan.    
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