South Sudan water

Diary from South Sudan: Part three

The last in a three part series of blogs about the crisis in South Sudan from Nick Radin, our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Co-ordinator.

By Action Against Hunger

Nov 12 2014

Diary from South Sudan: Part 1

Diary from South Sudan: Part 2

Day 6

A less interesting day for the blog. We went on a three-hour field visit in the morning to visit more Action Against Hunger projects in Northern Bahr el Gazal.

Our work here is in communities that have high malnutrition rates, where we support water supply and sanitation systems, and promote good hygiene practice.

We returned to the base and spent the rest of the day reviewing activities, establishing work plans for upcoming projects and working on reports. I had a long talk with Duku, our South Sudanese project manager, who has been working with us since 2010 and has done an excellent job.

He explained some of the management difficulties he has, as well as the solutions he has devised to overcome problems. He has become adept at overcoming challenges, remains dedicated and hardworking, with a genuine endeavor to ensure good quality projects.

Day 7

We headed back from the Malualkon base to Juba. This involved driving to Aweil and catching a UN flight back to Juba. 

In Aweil we visited the Ministry of Water and discussed how we could help to ensure communities are able to repair and rehabilitate their own water points. 

As much as possible, we try to work with water ministries in all countries where we intervene. This ensures that our interventions remain consistent and coherent with Government policy. 

Upon arriving back in Juba I debriefed with the country director, and then enjoyed my first dinner in 5 days that did not consist of rice and beans.

Day 8

My last full day in South Sudan began with visits to see more of the Action Against Hunger cholera response projects in Juba. 

This time we visited a peri-urban area on the outskirts of Juba. Again we were intervening in areas where tiny homes were tightly grouped, providing an environment where cholera can spread quickly. 

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Photo credits: © Simon Nyeko