Welcome to Dukundumoodok - a village near DIGDEEP's base camp in Kajo Keji, Equitoria State, South Sudan. The 350 residents of this village are the Dinka people.
The people of Dukundumoodok resettled here in 2005 after a break in violence from the 50 year civil water between Northern and Southern Sudan. Since then, they've gotten their water from a hand-dug well on the edge of the village.
When their shallow well works, the water often becomes stagnant and turns a milky brown. Then is starts to smell as waterborne bacteria begin to die. Can you imagine drinking milky water that smells rotten?! During the dry season, they have to collect water from a neighbouring village four miles away.
Since their new well was built, Dukundumoodok has formed a small committee to make decisions including how the well will be used and maintained. Every DIGDEEP partner community establishes a similar 'Water Council'.
The right to water supports other crucial rights, like health, education and the right to a political voice through the Water Council!
True story. You really, really are.
Persia Siama Victo is a 58-year old mother of six and a resilient spirit. She fled to a refugee camp Uganda with her family during the civil war in the late nineties, only returning in 2005.
Here is a simple message she wanted to share with you:
"Persia Siama Victo is my name, I am married to Victo Wani and God has blessed our marriage with six children living with us. I have lived in the area since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2005. Since returning back in 2005, my family drinks water from a hand well and stream and from neighboring village when our well dries off. Imagine how demanding it is to carry the weight of a 5-year-old child for four hours each day. Access to clean drinking water, education and health care facilities are the challenges we face. We are often affected with a lot of diseases; I want to congratulate you for putting an end to one of our greatest challenge. May God bless you."
We collect a TON of project data; this is just a snapshot.
Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), measuring the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led, using a technology specifically designed to meet local needs.
1 person gave funds
350 people gave effort
100% of both are changing the world
Some water charities separate people into donors and recipients.
DIGDEEP is different.
We believe everyone, everywhere has the same right to water. This report is designed to show you that when we work together as equals, we can do amazing things.
We don't expect you to give blindly... we expect you to appreciate that water is essential to everything you do. We'll use that awareness - and 100% of your gift - to provide support to communities in need.
In a similar way, we don't expect benefitting communities to be grateful... we expect them to proactively defend the rights we all have in common.
You x Them x 100% = Change
Give the gift of water again, and we'll send 100% of your gift straight to another project like this one.
You've already had such an incredible impact - let's make it even bigger!
We work with the local community to leave an empowering inscription on every project we complete! (It doubles as a handy place to record information like date and depth if we need to make a repair.)
This inscription was chosen by well donor, Joshua Atria.
You can choose what goes here! Our partner communities allow people who raise or fund a whole project ($7.5k +) to choose the dedication.