South Sudan struggles through the peak of its annual dry season in April, with the earth floor cracking under the stress.
Yet Josephina Nyibol, a proud mother of seven, couldn’t let the unrelenting heat stop her. She left at 4am each morning so she could fetch water and return before the hot afternoon sun could bake the ground beneath her. Temperatures blaze at 40 degrees Celsius or more, with little relief even in the shade.
But getting up early was the least of Josephina’s concerns. “I must leave my children home alone,” she said. “They only eat once a day because I am not home to cook for them.” During her search for water, she also faced the dangers of wild animals and violence, not to mention the aches and pains that come with such backbreaking work. “I was afraid of snakes, hyenas, and robbers,” she said. “I was always sore from walking, and I had to wear the leaves from trees on my feet.”
Clean water flowing
That all changed when Samaritan’s Purse constructed a borehole in her community in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. We also installed a hand pump and provided training on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. When the first drop of clean water was served from this simple well, 400 lives were transformed forever.
“With this well, I can now tend my garden and children,” Josephina said. “I even have money to buy things we need, like these new shoes.” She proudly smiled as she looked down at the pair of dusty red sandals. “I have such appreciation in my heart,” she said. “God brought me out of my problems and has promised me salvation.”
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”
(John 4:13-14, NKJV)