Kajo Keji, South Sudan
Almost 2 years ago we flew across the globe to celebrate independence for South Sudan. We met local beneficiaries, established friendships, and began an ambitious slate of field projects with our partner WHI that continue today.
In some parts of rural South Sudan, up to 70% of the population lacks access to a safe and reliable source of clean water. Water projects, like wells, are bringing much-needed health and opportunity to hundreds of communities, schools, and clinics every year.
But there are still some marginalized groups that fall through the cracks.
Isaac Buk, for instance, is a criminal. Until recently Isaac, his guards, and his fellow inmates have not enjoyed access to clean water.
The right to water for prisoners is protected by many international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions and the European Charter of Human Rights. Without clean water, closed communities like prisons become breeding grounds for disease. Water also provides a unique security concern. Several prisoners have escaped from Yapa while collecting water in recent years.
You can see the full report for the Yapa Prison well here.
DIGDEEP’s water projects recognize the needs of individuals like Isaac, who don’t fit the traditional charity model. We believe that every person has a right to the clean water they need to live in dignity. Because no one – prisoner or free – deserves to be sentenced to a lifetime of illness.
This is part of a series for World Water Day celebrating our international water access projects. Help DIGDEEP defend your right to water this March 22nd by supporting our work at digdeepwater.org