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South Sudan: Water works

Villagers in Jamam, Maban county, Upper Nile State, collect water from an Oxfam pump. With tens of thousands of refugees arriving in Jamam, pressure on the limited water sources is greater than ever and these pumps are vital for serving the host communities.

Funding target: £250,000

Year 3 of a 4 year project
In South Sudan, the world's newest nation, one in seven children die before the age of five. With your help, we can provide water and sanitation, promote hygiene, and improve the health of whole communities.

About the project

Improve community health in South Sudan by providing clean water and sanitation

After decades of conflict and mass displacement, South Sudan presents some of the worst human development indicators in the world. A lack of safe drinking water and inadequate sanitation facilities cause high rates of waterborne diseases which claim thousands of lives every year.

With your support we aim to:

  • Improve the availability of safe, clean drinking water by constructing new water sources and repairing existing ones;
  • Reduce the incidence of preventable diseases by supporting the building of toilets and promoting improved community hygiene and sanitation practices;
  • Ensure that water sources can be maintained and managed by local communities in the long term.

Who will benefit

This year, 30,000 members of host communities, as well as returnees and displaced persons, will benefit directly from access to clean water, toilet construction and hygiene promotion. Over four years, 85,000 people will directly benefit.

How we are helping

Reno's story

 When the borehole was being planned, I assisted in deciding where it should go. Now if there are any problems, it is my responsibility, as part of the water management committee, to keep it functioning and to organise repairs. If the borehole gets crowded, I go and resolve any arguments.

The village of Kilatoowa, Maban county, headed by village chief Reno Koya, has received support from Oxfam and its 255 families now have access to a borehole and toilets.

Photo: David Josey/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.17MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping communities in South Sudan grow more food. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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