RONYI 2, YEI RIVER STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

KINDLY DONATED BY LEVY UK THROUGH PURCHASES OF LIFE WATER

Ronyi II

Population: 450
GPS: 4.065416, 30.710806
Year: 2019
Sponsor: Compass Group PLC Levy

Yei City and the surrounding areas became the epicentre of the conflict in South Sudan in 2016. Elderly and young children were especially vulnerable during this time. Santuke, a mother of eight and grandmother to many was faced with the difficult choice of leaving her home to face the unknown or remain where she was familiar with her surroundings, but risked her life as fighting was sure to advance to her village gradually. Santuke made the choice to travel 20 miles to the village of Uselego, where she felt she would be temporarily safe from the violence. Santuke longed for home, and in December of 2017, she traveled with other family members back to her home of Ronyi Village in Yei. She arrived to find her home intact, but the water well broken. The community accessed water from a seasonal water well. After heavy rain, it was challenging to drink from it because dirty runoff water flowed into it. But Santuke had no other choice because this was the only water source she could access. She physically could not travel long distances with heavy jerry cans to other villages. Typhoid, coupled with malaria, was common among many in her community. Santuke shared thanks and words of gratitude when the well in her village was restored. Clean, accessible water brings hope and health to all in her community.
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