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South Sudan. Water works.

Help families in Juba access clean and affordable water

Your support could help 24,000 people to access safe drinking water, prevent disease spreading and generate income to support their families.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

Your support could help construct water facilities so that 40 per cent of households can have access to and consume safe, clean water by the project end.

You'll be supporting people to earn a living whilst simultaneously meeting their communities' water and sanitation needs, which could result in a 30 per cent of targeted households seeing an increase in income by project end.

You'll be helping people maintain water quality and prevent the spread of disease; we aims to see 40 per cent of households demonstrating improved water treatment practices.


Kieran Doherty

A bit of background

It is becoming increasingly difficult for families in Juba to access the water they need. In South Sudan as a whole, half of the population does not have access to clean water. The economic downturn and subsequent inflation has led to a steep rise in the price of water. Many households are now paying 50 to 150 per cent more for water than they did previously. As a result, families are forced to prioritise using water for drinking and cooking, rather than for personal hygiene and cleaning their homes. This means diseases like typhoid spread easily. Poorer families, particularly those headed by women, are the worst affected by water shortages, and have resorted to taking water from rivers. This water is not safe to drink, making those who do so vulnerable to diseases such as cholera. In summer 2015, a cholera epidemic erupted in South Sudan, infecting over 700 people.

How we're helping

Oxfam has been working in South Sudan for over 30 years. Since 2013, we have responded to the conflict and cholera outbreak, providing clean water to over 540,000 people through a network of pipes, water tanks and taps. This water is being used for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning, enabling people to keep their families safe from waterborne diseases.

We have worked with 23,000 people in Juba to prevent the spread of cholera by training communities on how to prevent the spread of cholera and providing families with the equipment they need to implement this knowledge in practice, such as by distributing buckets and soap for hand washing.

This project aims to make safe drinking water affordable and accessible to poor households in the long term, by changing the current system which exclusively provides water for the urban population at extremely high prices. This could also provide households with an opportunity to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families by managing newly constructed water facilities and selling clean water to vendors. The project aims to:

  • Construct water facilities, providing people with a source of clean, affordable drinking water.
  • Support families to earn an income whilst meeting their communities' water and sanitation needs.
  • Enable people to maintain water quality and prevent the spread of disease.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Taban's story.

 A year ago, cholera broke out in Juba and Gumbo was one of the most affected areas. At that time, not many people knew about cholera, how it is transmitted and detected, or how to prevent it. Many people fell sick, and some even died.

People from Oxfam then came to Gumbo and started sharing information about cholera and how it can be avoided or treated. They also built a water treatment facility that is still providing clean water to the residents of Gumbo, and even outside. When cholera broke out again this year, we were prepared. People had gained knowledge on how to reduce the risk of getting cholera, and what to do if someone is sick. Although some people were infected, they were very few compared to those who fell sick last year.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.