Welcome to Wombio - a village near DIGDEEP's base camp in Kajo Keji, Equitoria State, South Sudan. The 650 occupants of this village are the Dinka people.
The people of Wombio have always gotten their water from the nearby Songa River. 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 bathing in or drinking milky water that smells rotten?!
Since their new well was built, Wombio 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'. One of the first things the Council decided to do was to plant a small community garden and to irrigate it with well water.
The right to water supports other crucial rights, like the right to a political voice (through the Water Council) and the right to a secure food source (through the community garden)! Human rights for all!
True story. You really, really are.
Selena Juru Evans is 52 years old. She's lived in Wombip her whole life, she even married another local - a rarity here.
From Selena to you:
"We have all the time been drinking water from river Songa which would always turn its color, on top of smelling very bad.
The well which has been drilled here is helping a lot. We are drinking very clean water and are very happy for the new well. We have formed a water well committee (Water Council) and have decided to irrigate the small community garden with the water from the borehole. Bathing is now easy and everyone in the village is happy.
I also thank God for you and all the team for the good work they do to provide us with water. May God bless the hand that gives!"
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.
47 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 funded entirely by donations to the 4Liter Challenge.
Donated or raised funds in 2013? Use the "Track Your Donation" link here.