Kokoro Village, South Sudan is in Eastern Equatoria State, Kapoeta East. The ministry in Kokoro was started in February 2019 by our ministry partners. This church has grown and reached out with the gospel to several other villages. The population is approximately 2000 people and the church has grown to almost 400 members here. The people group is the Toposa tribe people. The nearest well is 7 km away. Their current water source are hand-dug wells along the seasonal river bed.
As the dry season continues, the water goes lower and lower to nothing and then they have to dig deeper. It is a difficult process and you don’t get much water to go home with. There is much illness associated with their use of the polluted, dirty open water holes they are currently drinking from and using for bathing and household use. Typhoid, diarrhea and bilharzia (schistosomiasis) are common here. Our ministry partners take medicine as they minister and disciple the believers. Women and girls are the most affected. The water they can carry only lasts a short time. Sometimes because the water is gone, they must go late in the evening and women are even forced to go at night if they have no one to borrow water from.
The animals that can provide fresh milk for the children are unable to thrive in this village to produce milk for protein for small children, so many children are malnourished. When Toposa take animals to far places for grazing, they usualy leave some behind to provide milk for the family but this cannot work when there is no water.
Water is hugely precious to the people. Providing a deep well will change their lives in a huge way. They will no longer have to go far and dig for dirty water and be thirsty because there is not enough water to even stay hydrated. The moms can stay closer to home with their children, their health will improve immediately and they will not have to spend the little money they have on medicine because of the dirty water they are drinking. The animals will benefit, too, and they will be healthier to be able to produce more milk for drinking. And, the people, believer and non-believer alike, will see the love of Jesus by such an amazing action of bringing clean water to them.
The well is complete at Kokoro, South Sudan! The people are so thankful and praising God for this amazing blessing to quench their physical thirst. May all who drink from this well come to know Jesus, who is Living Water to quench their spiritual thirst as well!
This water, it is good to help us. Even our sorghum now we can cultivate. There was too much drought. Our animals, our wives, even the cows, the goats, [they go to get fat?]. Everyone has been suffering because of thirst, including small children. Now they have hope of life. If you are able to go for a journey you will die of thirst. Even if you have food and you don’t have water will you eat with the thirst? You will leave food there you can not eat food without water. You look at the blood of my body it is full of water. I can get even healthier because of water. With thirst you can’t see someone strong. Look at my wife now with thirst can she even bear children? All this water is very important. So for remembering us, and bringing water, you brought life to us.
Marino is one of the representatives from all Kokoro villages. Another thing that he spoke of, that was not captured in the video, was about farming. Marino reported that this year God provided rain, but they were unable to cultivate their farms, because of much sickness when the rain came. Many caught the flu and had diarrhea. Many could not work in gardens. As a result, the harvest is going to be low this year. This well will not only help with thirst, but it will also increase productivity. Our families will be healthy and we will serve God without having to worry about health issues associated with water. God bless all who have given to help us.
Collecting clean water from the new deep well, using a water bottle to funnel the water directly into the jerry can.
(The cement platform is not installed yet.)
Note: I will send another report with more completion photos of people pumping water from the well. At the time these photos were sent, the cement work of the platform was not yet cured. These photos are of people taking clean water before the platform was completed.
Thank you!! God bless you!!
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