Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink.
In the fall of 2020, high rains exacerbated by climate change caused 600,000 South Sudanese to flee their homes as the Nile burst its banks. People migrated to higher ground but many still lack adequate food and clean water. The picture to the right is not a stock photo. It was sent to us by friends in South Sudan from the area of Kalthok where climate refugees have no source of clean water.
Connecting resources to the need
Serving Hands of Hope Foundation is charitable organization recognized by the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA. Founded by David Mayen during his internship at Saint Michael Lutheran, SHOHF is able to swiftly deliver small, but targeted aid to people in desperate need. The group is able to utilize the deep connections David and other South Sudanese leaders have both in the United States and in South Sudan to bring resources to overlooked and forgotten circumstances.
A fountain of living water
A well can often save more lives than a hospital!
While we cannot drill enough wells to satisfy all of the need, we can at least start. SHOHF has connections to a well drilling company to the refugees at Kalthok. All that we need are the resources to make it happen.
That’s where you come in. This well in South Sudan was dug by the Jonglei Water and Construction Company which is registered with the South Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. They provide access to clean water for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) throughout South Sudan. The simple, hand pump design provides decades of use and it will change the lives of thousands of people. You can make that change happen. Click here to make a donation. 100% of your gift goes to this life-saving work.
So how does this work?
SHOF has no paid staff or overhead. We rely upon the generosity of people willing to be on the “ground floor” of aid work. Working with a bank that has branches in both Omaha and Juba, funds are wired directly to trusted partners in South Sudan to provide needed aid.
We use communal accountability, meaning beneficiaries are involved in the process as much as providers. We track expenses, use video documentation and communicate before, during, and after the process. SHOHF representatives will travel to South Sudan when conditions allow.
We are also in contact with engineers and representatives in the Rural Water and Sanitation Support Agency (RUWASSA), an NGO in Juba South Sudan that helps coordinate all water and sanitation projects in the area. This will ensure there is ongoing training and support for the well once it is completed.