Welcome to Jambukokwen - a village near DIGDEEP's base camp in Kajo Keji, Equitoria State, South Sudan. The 450 residents of this village are the Dinka people.
The people of Jmbukokwen have always gotten their water from an open pit several miles outside of the village. Several times a year, however, the water 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?!
Since their new well was built, Jambukokwen 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 the right to a political voice through the Water Council! Human rights for everyone!
True story. You really, really are.
Joyce Aroba is 35 years old. She's lived in Jambukokwen for several years. Her family came here in search of a school for their children. When they found one, they decided to settle - even though there was no clean water.
From Joyce to you:
"God has blessed me and my Husband with seven children, three boys and four girls. All of these Children Stay with me.
I have been living here for five years. I was living in some place which is very far from here, but because (that place had) no school, I decided to come and stay. In this village my Children can go to School.
During the Civil war in South Sudan I escaped to Oliji Transit Camp in Adjumani District (Northern Uganda) in 1994. Later, i was taken to Mungula Refugee Settlement and came back to South Sudan in 2005. When I came back there was a big challenge of how to get water. I first got water from a hand dug well where wild animals were drinking too.
My thanks to the Donors! I have been drinking dirty water with a lot of germs in it. Now this has come to an end. I have no gift to be given to the Donors. My prayer is let God strengthen the Donors and give them prosperity."
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.
186 people gave funds
650 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.)
You can choose what goes here! Our partner communities allow people who raise or fund a whole project ($7.5k +) to choose the dedication.
This project was partially funded by people that took the 4Liter Challenge and their supporters. You guys are awesome.
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