Kalok Village is a rural village in East Equatoria State, Kapoeta east, South Sudan. They are Toposa tribe people, and raise live stock. The population is about 1,500 people who will benefit directly. However it is likely that some people from the neighboring village will come for clean water too.
The distance to the village’s current water source is about 2 km away. They dig open hand-dug holes at the dry river bed, to gather polluted water that is shared with animals. When the dry season is very advanced, and that water dries up, they go 4 km to get water in the same fashion. The work to collect water takes a long time. Kids can’t go to school, as they often have to fetch water. The nearest well is 10 km away.
Kalok has suffered for a long time because of waterborne diseases. Typhoid, worms, and diarrhea are common and particularly affect small children the worst. It is a very difficult hardship they suffer from lack of clean water.
Here is a personal story of Nachebe, a mom from Kalok who will benefit from a deep well:
Our ministry partners arrived In Kalok Village and found Nachebe crying. Her husband, who is not a believer had just beaten her because there was no water at home. Nachabe, a mother of 7, is a very hard working woman. The water she had carried home earlier in the morning had been used up by her brother-in-law. She was going back to fetch more water for her husband before beginning the 25 km trek to take her sick child, suffering from diarrhea, to the hospital for treatment. She knew she better go get the water first.
Nachebe and her daughter
There is a growing church among the people of Kalok. Providing a deep well would absolutely change their lives. The major difficulties they suffer to get water would be over. Moms could spend more time with their kids, water related illness would be drastically reduced, long trips to the hospital reduced. Lives would be saved. Kids could go to school. Providing a deep well would show the love of Jesus to the whole village, as this would majorly change their lives. We hope that the kingdom of God will be advanced by providing such an amazing gift to the people.
As the drilling team was filing paperwork with the commissioner’s office, they learned that a local politician had arranged with an Islamic relief group to drill a well in Kalok Village. This is the first time ILW has encountered an Islamic relief group planning to drill or even with a completed water project. It makes NO sense to locate two wells in the village. Therefore, while our partner will retain a Christian disciple-making presence in Kalok Village, we have identified a nearby location equally in need of water: Nabarakawo Village.
Ministry work began in Nabarakawo in 2020. Now, there are 200 believers with 70 baptized. There are 7 Bible study groups, 5 are actively involved in DMM. (Disciple-making Movements – training to teach disciples to be disciples and make disciples.) The current source of water is the Napeikeny River. The river passes right through Nabarakawo Village. It’s just meters where the people reside. The people get their water from the river when there is water and dig in the riverbed when it is dry.
There is actually a well in a neighboring tribal village about 2-3km away. However, the tribes are at war and the people of Nabarakawo are not allowed to use the well in the neighboring village. So the people of Nabarakawo decided to use riverbed water was for them to stay at peace and avoid conflict. However by using river water, the people of Nabarakawo, suffer from typhoid, diarrhea, and other water-related diseases. And in dry season, water is very hard to come by.
Generosity of ILW World Changers has completely changed the lives of the people in Nabarakawo Village!
Drilling at Nabarakawo
A deep borehole well successfully struck clean water. Then, a hand pump head was installed.
Hand Pump Well at Nabarakawo
They now have clean water. They no longer have to dig in the riverbank during dry season or fret about dying of thirst as water becomes almost impossible to find. They no longer have to suffer with typhoid and diarrhea.
The people of Nabarakawo are marveling and are so happy. To them, it confirmed that the church in Nabarakawo was praying to the true God. Now, even those who had been opposing them in the neighboring village have become friends. The people of Nabarakawo ask for blessing for everyone who donated for this well.
All projects are made possible by World Changers.