Welcome to Mundari - a village situated along a military air strip in Central Equitoria State. The 440 occupants of this village are the Dinka people.
The village of Mundari Air Field looks just like it sounds - an air strip!
The 88 families in Mundari have always had to cross the air strip and enter the army barracks when they need water. Many times a week the military base is closed because of visiting officials, maneuvers or plane landings. That makes it difficult to predict when they'll have water and when they won't.
Can you imagine having to walk miles across a working airport, just to collect the water you need to make breakfast?
True story. You really, really are.
Yangi Elmelda is 38 years old and already a grandmother! During the 21 years of civil war she experienced, Yangi was exiled with her family in the Mungula Refugee settlement in Northern Uganda. She just returned to South Sudan in 2009.
Since she's been back, she and her kids have relied on the Mundari military compound for water. Unfortunately, the army doesn't always allow the civilians to enter the barracks for security reasons, during visits by high ranking officers, morning parades, and when plane is about to land.
From Yangi Emelda:
"Now today I am extremely happy for those who help us out from such challenges. I am now fetching water within the area without going to the barracks. My thanks also is going to you for helping us drill this borehole in my area. I wish every one is happy, young and old. God bless you so much!"
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51 people gave funds
440 people gave effort
100% of both are changing the world
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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.
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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.
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