In South Sudan, multiple shocks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing regional conflict and violence, consecutive years of devastating floods, acute food insecurity, and continuing levels of human migration have threatened the livelihoods of 14.3 million people.
Akobo Primary School Clean Water Project
in partnership with:
The Project: To provide access and availability to clean water and hand-washing through the construction of a water point for 2,600 students attending two (2) primary schools that comprise Akobo Primary School.
Location: Bielkey Payam, Akobo County, Jonglei State, South Sudan
A protracted humanitarian crisis continues to have devastating implications for millions of people in South Sudan. Multiple shocks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing regional conflict and violence, consecutive years of devastating floods, acute food insecurity, and continuing levels of human migration have threatened the livelihoods of 14.3 million people. It is estimated that almost one in every three persons in the country will urgently require humanitarian assistance in 2022.
The multi-faceted nature of the crisis has created significant challenges for the delivery of humanitarian aid, and access to essential services (e.g. healthcare, education, WASH) is severely limited, particularly in high-conflict/high-displacement areas. Our project partner helped us to target primary schools in Akobo County, where there is currently no available access to improved water sources for school children. Lack of adequate WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) conditions poses a critical factor in the dropout rate among school children, especially those that are already highly vulnerable from other underlying factors.
Working with our local partner, Luena Foundation provided funding to improve access and availability of clean water through the construction of a shared water point for 2,600 students at two adjacent primary schools (girls and boys) in Akobo, thus increasing their ability to study and lowering the chronic rate of school abandonment.
Our Local Partner Organization
Center for Environmental Advocacy and Development (CEDA), was formed by a group of young South Sudanese volunteers whose shared goal is to promote sustainable development goals in their country by targeting humanitarian and environmental issues such as climate change, WASH, general waste management, and renewable energy.
I am personally very grateful for the generous support from Luena Foundation. A huge thank you to Luena Foundation and specifically to Emily and Ryan for entrusting CEDA with a grant to reach the school children living in the dire situation of water shortage. The immense effort from our field team is also commendable.