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Water for South Sudan, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/06/2014: Water for South Sudan, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN INC

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Rochester, NY
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Water for South Sudan, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/06/2014: Water for South Sudan, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN INC

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Physical Address: Rochester, NY 14625 
EIN: 20-0291592
Web URL: www.waterforsouthsudan.org 
Blog URL: www.waterforsouthsudan.org/wfss-blog/ 
Video URL(s): Enough Project's John Prendergast talks about WFSS
Empowering villagers and drilling wells
WFSS Success Stories- Learning, Growth, Health
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q30 International Development, Relief Services
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
Ruling Year: 2003 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individuals - $348,384
Organizations, Schools, Churches - $168,749
Foundations - $27,218


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Mission Statement

Water for South Sudan delivers direct, transformative and sustainable quality-of-life service to the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene practices in areas of great need.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2013

Total Revenue $544,351
Total Expenses $392,938

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Leadership

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Dr. Glenn M. Balch, Jr.

Term:

Since July 2014

Profile:

Glenn Balch is the President of Synergistic Training Co. in Rochester, NY.

Leadership Statement:

Water for South Sudan provides access to clean water and hygiene education in remote villages in South Sudan, using local leadership to implement our vision. Water is often the first step, leading to economic development. Improved health and access to education often follow. Water for South Sudan is pleased to be operating in South Sudan, the world's newest nation, for over 10 years.

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Programs

Program: Drilling Fresh Water Wells in South Sudan (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$421,000
Category:
International Development
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adults

Program Description:

Water for South Sudan, Inc. increases the quality of life and health of families in South Sudan by drilling wells to provide fresh, safe potable water to fulfill basic daily human needs.  In the period 2005 -2014, Water for South Sudan has installed 217 successful water wells in remote villages serving an estimated 500,000 South Sudanese. With each new well, an estimated 3,000 persons (500 families) receive fresh clean water located in close proximity to their village. Water for South Sudan, Inc. seeks to help to achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals: Eradicate extreme poverty, hunger and thirst -  Our wells have improved basic human health; aiding the South Sudanese’s livelihood and general well being. Reduce child mortality. Significant numbers of children die from water and sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhea. Achieve universal primary education - With clean fresh water, children (especially girls) are healthier and, since far less time is needed to gather drinking water, children are able to attend school. Improve maternal health - Women have healthier pregnancies when they can rely on clean, non-contaminated drinking water.  They have better personal hygiene.  They do not have to carry heavy loads of water over great distances. Combat malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases - Clean water makes people less vulnerable to pathogens that cause diarrhea, a major cause of death, guinea worm, schistosomes, cholera, skin and other water-borne diseases.   Promote gender equality and empower women -  Women and girls no longer need to walk miles each day to collect water.  They may attend school or do other work to enhance their livelihood.  Develop a global partnership for development to enable community stability -  The community participates in the building of and caring for the pumps.  The project empowers local leaders to gain the technical and managerial skills to hire on-site well managers and operate a communal utility.

Program Long-Term Success:

Since 2005, Water for South Sudan (WFSS) has installed 217 fresh water wells in South Sudan. A board team traveled to South Sudan is 2012 and evaluated 16 wells. A more extensive evaluation trip is planned in 2015. WFSS board member will travel with WFSS staff to use specially designed evaluation tool to begin formal evaluation process for WFSS wells. In addition, representatives of WFSS have returned to some of the villages served in previous seasons.  We were pleased to see that all of the wells we installed were operating normally and were providing adequate amounts of clean water to meet village needs.  Village life had been radically altered in many ways. Village women, mothers and their daughters no longer spent hours walking each day in search of water. The girls were in school.  The villages did not need to migrate for water. We saw several new school structures either already standing or being built. We saw the establishment of village trade markets – locations where people could barter or sell their goods and purchase needed goods from the outside world. Permanent homes were being built from bricks that were made near the well. Families, especially women, had developed “cottage-type” industries to provide extra income. We saw more gardens to provide for more stable food sources.  Family members seemed to be healthier. We saw that brick buildings were being built to house future medical clinics and larger community markets. Most remarkable were the new schools and attendance growth in the schools. In one village only 60 students had attended school prior to the installation of the village’s well. Within one year, school enrollment had increased to 850 students with twelve teachers. The curriculum included English, mathematics and Christian religious education. For centuries, the two Sudanese larger tribes, Dinka and Nuer, where WFSS is installing pumps, have been neighbors in conflict. Positive working relationships are being developed between these former warring peoples. Thus, regional stability has been enhanced with the installation of pumping systems.   In addition, we initiated the UNITED PEACE & DEVELOPMENT PROJECT in 2014, with Aqua-Africa, based in Omaha, NE. Aqua-Africa is led by Buey Ray Tut, of Nuer Heritage. Salva Dut. WFSS Executive Director, is of Dinka heritage. Salva and Buey worked together to drill 4 water wells in South Sudan, thereby showing that South Sudanese can work together to develop their new nation. 2015 will see the continuation of the United Peace & Development project, with plans to drill 6 more wells. In South Sudan, water is life. Clean, safe, potable water enables community development, life enhancement and good health.

Program Short-Term Success:

Villagers of South Sudan have fresh, clean water in close proximity to their homes.

Program Success Monitored by:

Water for South Sudan staff and board of directors.

Program Success Examples:

Reduced thirst; women and girls do not need to walk miles each day for (swamp) water; reduced sickness from water-borne diseases; villages stop seasonal migration in search of water; establishment of home gardens, building of schools or huts for classes; girls going to school; reduced child mortality; healthier pregnancies for women; building of community markets for economic stability and growth.

Program: Hygiene Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$18,000
Category:
Children & Youth (0-19 years)
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
None

Program Description:

The Water for South Sudan hygiene education team travels to villages and trains community members in best hygiene practices. Trained community members can then, in turn, train others. Team also visits schools to bring hygiene education to students, knowing that young people can then bring hygiene messages to their families.

Program Long-Term Success:

WFSS launched the Hygiene Education Team in 2014. As program expands we will be able to reach more villages and schools, spreading message of hygiene education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Villagers learned important hygiene messages, including value of washing hands with soap, and keeping jerry cans clean.

Program Success Monitored by:

WFSS staff and board members.

Program Success Examples:

Children learned importance of washing hands with soap, and keeping jerry cans clean, and were able to bring those messages home to their families.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

From Fall, 2005 to May, 2014, Water for South Sudan, Inc. has drilled 217 successful wells with hand-pumping systems in remote villages providing clean water. Serving over 500,000 South Sudanese daily, the wells provide fresh, potable water daily to fulfill basic human needs. 40 successful wells were completed in the last drilling season, 2013-14. With each new well many people receive fresh, safe, clean water located in close proximity to their village. Villagers no longer need to migrate in search of seasonal water supplies. Families, especially children, are healthier. Villagers are able to create markets; children can attend school. A new future emerges when people have daily access to clean water. 2014 also saw the launch of our Hygiene Education Team, which travels to villages to help identify hygiene problems and solutions, and then trains villagers who can in turn train others in safe hygiene practices, furthering the impact of clean water.
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