Welcome to Wongijo - a village near our base camp in Kajo Keji, Central Equitoria State, South Sudan. The 250 occupants of this village are the Dinka people.
Wongijo Village has never had a well. For generations young girls have been tasked with collecting water from contaminated streams and pits, despite their parents complaining that they'll be exposed to increased risk of violence or animal attacks. (They share their water with whatever animals happen to be in the area seasonally.)
Can you imagine drinking from a sink full of water you share with your pet? Or better yet, a pack of wild dogs?
We've worked with the local village to build a project that's sustainable, building local leadership and relying on local support for materials and labor.
True story. You really, really are.
Patric is a husband, father and village elder.
From Patric to you:
"I am very delighted and happy to have a well drilled in my village. Being a father, I have always felt very bad to see my daughters move long distances to look for water, which in most case makes them vulnerable to all the risks involved.
Most the streams in our village are seasonal and very dirty. It is sad always to share water with the animals. I thank God so much for the opportunity of this well and I, with the rest of the village members, will do all it takes to maintain it.
Our children will not get waterborne disease got from drinking contaminated water from the streams. The teachings we received are going to be used by our households to improve hygiene, and I think all shall be well.
May God bless you for your generosity and for extending you love to us!"
We collect a TON of project data; this is just a snapshot.
Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), measuring the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led, using a technology specifically designed to meet local needs.
99 people gave funds
250 people gave effort
100% of both are changing the world
Some water charities separate people into donors and recipients.
DIGDEEP is different.
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.
We don't expect you to give blindly... we expect you to appreciate that water is essential to everything you do. We'll use that awareness - and 100% of your gift - to provide support to communities in need.
In a similar way, we don't expect benefitting communities to be grateful... we expect them to proactively defend the rights we all have in common.
You x Them x 100% = Change
Give the gift of water again, and we'll send 100% of your gift straight to another project like this one.
You've already had such an incredible impact - let's make it even bigger!
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.
Donated or raised funds in 2013? Use the "Track Your Donation" link here.