We are happy to announce that the Baau Village water well project is now moving forward
Here is a bit of information about the village of Baau:
The village of Baau is located in Aweil Central County of Western Bahr El Ghazal State in South Sudan. The village is located at the western tip of the county near the border with Aweil South County.
The major source of water for this village are season rivers that only have water during the rainy season. During the dry season the residents of this village and other neighboring villages have to walk to River Jur which is 30 kilometers away to fetch water.
The population of Bauu village is estimated at 1150 (in 209 households).
Pastor John Uguen is the local pastor in Baau Village who will be the focal point in the area who will be in charge of community mobilization and coordination during the project implementation.
Baau village, like other villages in South Sudan have to cope with the challenges of lack of accessible clean water. As is the tradition in most communities of South Sudan the fetching of water for domestic use is the work of women and girls and therefore during the dry season women and girls are forced to spend long hours every day looking for water in distant rivers. Sometimes girls are forced to skip school so that they can look for water. On their part men have to drive their animals to distant rivers for water. Instead of moving with cattle to and from rivers every day the men are forced to live in cattle camps that are located near rivers.
Water borne diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery are also prevalent in villages like Baau because of use of dirty water from rivers and ponds. These diseases have claimed many lives in Baau and in other parts of South Sudan. The drilling of a borehole well in this village will therefore drastically reduce the incidences of water borne diseases and reduced death caused by these diseases.
The general health of the children in Baau is poor because of poor nutrition and consumption of water that is not clean which results in frequent cases of water borne diseases among the children and adults. Nutritional intake remains a challenge with 33% of the children under the age of five moderately or severely underweight and 34% suffering from moderate or severe stunting. Large sections of the population do not have access to a modern health service with only 44% of settlements lying within a 40km radius of a primary healthcare unit. User rates are estimated to be as low as 0.2 outpatient’s contacts per person per year.
While preventable diseases are major sources of morbidity and mortality, only 17% of children aged 12-23 months were fully immunized in recent years. Lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities is another cause of disease. Currently only 20% of the population has access to improved sources of drinking water according to World Health Organization (WHO). Sanitation remains a challenge with 90% of the population not having access to any toilet facilities. The provision of borehole water will in addressing the frequent outbreak of waterborne diseases.
The residents of Baau is generally agro pastoralists. They engage in subsistence farming and grow sorghum. They also keep livestock that include cattle, goats and sheep.
As Rev Garang with CMW (Christ Mission to the World) sends us reports we will be sure to add them to our website, thank you to all who have participated in this much needed humanitarian project