Our South Sudanese projects are quite unique from our others in the fact that they are not typically built at a school. These projects are built in villages with the plan that a school will form around that well in the future. The reason for this difference from our other projects is that South Sudan in its war-torn state is in desperate need for even the basic infrastructures to begin new communities. These South Sudan projects are not named because they are not typically schools yet at this point in the process. They will simply be a community well.
For the students and staff at St. Matthew Kiwangala Central Primary School, collecting adequate water for each day’s needs is an arduous process. Without a water source of its own, the school is forced to send young children and teachers to a shallow well in the area that is also used by 700 individuals from the community. Because of the large number of people using the well, wait times are long- students and staff stand in line for an hour or more on average before they can access the water themselves. Combined with the fact that the walk to this well also requires students to cross a main road, it is critical that the St. Matthew Kiwangala Central Primary School is equipped with a rainwater collection system of its own so that its students and teacher have reliable and quick access to clean, safe drinking water.