Faith Evangelical Baptist Church (FEBAC) South Sudan was founded in 2007 and currently operates in upper Nile State, Northern Bahr El Ghazal state, Unity State, Eastern Equatoria and Central Equatoria States where they have churches. Presently, there are 57 churches part of FEBAC across South Sudan.
FEBAC’s capacity to design and implement projects has been steadily rising. The main goal of the Clean Water Drinking project is to improve hygiene and sanitation for the beneficiaries by providing them with safe drinking water, and also preventing diseases caused by lack of clean water. A borehole will be drilled in Narus, Eastern Equatoria from which the IDPs and local residents will have access to safe drinking water, leaving more time to engage in other productive activities instead of spending long hours fetching for water, or having to hire donkeys at extra cost just to ferry water from distant places.
The proposed borehole will be located in the southern part of Narus town, where there is a camp for IDPs. This location was chosen because the area experiences very dry seasons where the rivers dry up, leaving many households and IDPs with no source of drinking water. The residents have made numerous requests to FEBAC to be assisted in solving the persistent water problem, and to add another borehole to the one built in 2014.
The beneficiaries will actively be involved in the project by way of providing the labour needed in the project. The local community in the area will also provide labour required, for clearing the borehole site, and providing the sand and ballast that will be used to erect the platform after the borehole has been drilled. The beneficiaries/county government will select the exact place where the borehole will be drilled. By forming a borehole management committee, they will be involved in monitoring and evaluation by providing impact stories to FEBAC explaining how the project has impacted their lives and incomes. Their feedback will therefore help in evaluating and gauging the success of the project.
How the Project Works
The inhabitants of Narus are mainly the Toposa tribe, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that are members of from different tribes. The IDPs have lost everything, and left their places of origin.
Modern farming methods have not been adopted in the county as the use of traditional farming methods is still widely used. Clean drinking water is not accessible to most households and the main sources of water are rivers and rain water. During the dry season, most of the women are forced to walk long distances and spend long hours fetching water.
The drilling of the borehole in Narus will bene t 2000 households. The average household size is 7 people, so the project will bene t at least 14,000 persons. The beneficiaries are mainly IDP and local pastoralist households and will include youth, orphans, those that are disabled, and many others.