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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Water for South Sudan

Rochester Business Journal
March 21, 2014

Water for South Sudan Inc. drills wells in one of the world’s poorest nations, making clean water available to tens of thousands of people in remote villages. The organization, now 10 years old, was founded as Water for Sudan and changed its name when South Sudan became independent in 2011. It began drilling in 2005 and has completed approximately 200 wells that serve more than 400,000 people.

People in the villages where Water for South Sudan operates become partners in the work of providing safe water. Village elders help select their well’s location and appoint someone to maintain the completed well and its hand pump. Residents labor alongside the drilling team in tasks such as unloading trucks and breaking rocks to make gravel. The Water for South Sudan staff trains the well manager and leaves a supply of spare parts.

Recently the organization has added a two-person hygiene team that travels with the drilling crew. During well-drilling operations, the hygiene workers consult villagers to identify local public health problems and find ways to solve them.

Although a civil war flared during December and January, Water for South Sudan’s employees have been safe because they are working far from the area of conflict. The organization’s current annual goal is to drill 40 wells in the dry season from December to May, and it had completed 26 wells by March 13.

The organization was founded by Salva Dut, who had fled his native country as an 11-year-old in 1985, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” thousands of children and teenagers who were separated from their families during a 20-year civil war. After years in refugee camps, he was admitted to the United States in 1996 and came to Rochester. Today he is the organization’s executive director for East Africa operations and works in South Sudan, holding both U.S. and South Sudanese citizenship.

Water for South Sudan has broad financial support, having received contributions from people in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries. Its strong financial support from school groups can be attributed to “A Long Walk to Water,” a 2010 novel for young people that has been taught in schools and is based on Salva Dut’s story. Its author is Brighton resident Linda Sue Park.

Water for South Sudan has three full-time employees in South Sudan and three part-timers in the Rochester area, plus roughly nine seasonal employees in South Sudan from December to May. Lynn Malooly is the local chief administrative officer, and the organization’s mailing address is P.O. Box 25551, Rochester, N.Y. 14625. Its website is www.waterforsouthsudan.org.

Financial record    Year ending Aug. 31, 2012
Revenue    %
Contributions    $481,575    100
Investment income    45    less than 1
Total revenue    $481,620    100

Expenses    %
Supplies    $126,039    20
Travel    117,531    19
Pay and benefits    116,700    19
Depreciation    106,450    17
Repairs and maintenance    44,638    7
Communications    25,762    4
Public relations    24,014    4
Professional services    14,898    2
Insurance    2,212    less than 1
Other    40,491    7
Total expenses    $618,735    100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses    ($137,115)

Board of Directors
Christopher Moore, president
Glenn Balch, vice president
Teresa Clas, treasurer
Don Fairman, chief operating officer
John Bevier
Shaunta Collier-Santos
Nancy Curme
John De Seyn
Chuck DuVivier
Nancy Frank
Les Kernan
Thomas McCarthy
Jack McKelvey
Rev. Nancy Reinert
Bob Shea
Carol Snook
Angelique Stevens

—Researched by James Leunk

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3/21/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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