Charity of the week
Besieged by conflict and civil war, South Sudan is one of the world’s poorest countries, with very little access to health care and safe water supplies. Many, especially those living in remote regions, must trek for hours every day just to find a water source, lake, or pond—often drinking contaminated water that can incubate disease. Water for South Sudan (waterforsouthsudan.org) is working in the country’s most remote villages to improve people’s lives by building wells and latrines. Since its inception in 2003, the charity has drilled 349 wells, each serving about 600 people, with the capacity to pump 1,800 gallons of clean water per day. In 2018, WFSS completed its first latrine at a primary school in Wau, serving 800 students.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
November 21, 2018 THE WEEK