Solar-Powered Water Infrastructure for People and Crops in Tonj, South Sudan

As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan is a country of immense challenges - and opportunities. South Sudan achieved independence in July 2011 following its secession from Sudan after decades of deadly civil war. War broke out again in 2013, pushing the country into a humanitarian crisis and leaving water systems neglected or destroyed. Lack of access to water is driving extreme hunger, poverty, protracted conflict and environmental degradation, and is exacerbating gender inequality and increasing the vulnerability of women and girls in accessing and securing services. The country is among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change and among the least equipped to fight back. In South Sudan:

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The recent peace deal is a critical step, but lasting peace requires a revival of the country’s agricultural sector. South Sudan is young, fertile and has great potential to prosper. By harnessing the following resources, we are supporting communities on the road to recovery, lasting peace and prosperity:

 
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Despite South Sudan’s severe poverty, lack of infrastructure, almost total economic reliance on the oil sector...the new nation has a very important and promising asset—vast amounts of uncultivated, arable land with excellent potential for agricultural productivity.
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Our Pilot Project

We are installing our first pilot system in Tonj, a town of 20,000 people located in northwestern South Sudan. Agriculture and pastoralism are the two major means of livelihood in this region, with the majority of the communities engaging in subsistence farming and the rearing of livestock, particularly cattle. In Tonj, lack of sustainable access to resources is a primary cause of hunger, poverty, intercommunal conflict and environmental degradation. Our founder hails from Tonj region, providing significant advantage - through intimate local knowledge - in South Sudan’s challenging operational context.

 
 
 
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Projected Impact in First Year

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Provide clean water for up to 1,200 families

Saves lives, avoids water-borne diseases, improves community health, saves time to allow for girls to go to school, avoids use of diesel-powered generators

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Produce up to 600 bags of groundnuts

Increases yields, improves food security and nutrition levels, allows for year-round production, improves sustainability of food production and water management

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Employ up to 50 women and youth on-site

Creates jobs, strengthens market activities, provides opportunities for youth at risk of being recruited as child soldiers, fosters peace and development