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WASH resilience recovery project launched in Rumbek

By Mabor Riak Magok

WASH resilience recovery project program has been launched in Rumbek, Lakes State by United Nations children Fund(UNICEF) and Centre for Emergency and Development Support (CEDS) on Monday.

Speaking during the event, the Secretary General of Lakes State, Martin Maciec Kuc urges UNICEF to improve water supply in both rural and urban areas as well.

“Without water supply we cannot live. Now a jerrycan of water is sold in town with 40 SSP by the water suppliers,” said Maciec.

Maciec said since water for Lakes project phased out and UNICEF takes over, a big gap was left in most residential areas, hospitals and schools without enough water. He said that the water supply project for Lakes state is sufficient in rural areas of Amongpiny Payam, and some parts of Pakam areas of Rumbek North County.

Maciec added that lack of enough water has led to increase of rampant insecurity in the State.

“Water is a master of everything and is number one of human life. So government should work hard to support and attract more organizations that are able to provide enough water supplies in Rumbek,” he said.

UNICEF acting Head of field office in Rumbek, madam Florence Okaya said the water project is a pilot project in Rumbek Centre, Rumbek East and Rumbek North counties.

 Okaya said that nothing can be achieved if there is genuine without commitment.

“It needs real commitment to achieve more together by reaching out to the most vulnerable people in the community,” said Okaya .

She said that women’s participation in the project will be of great importance, adding that they should be encouraged to fully participate in developmental projects.

The Director General of State Ministry of Physical infrastructure, Barnaba Makuac Magol said that UNICEF is a grantor between South Sudan government and the Netherlands government in terms of improving WASH programs in the country.

Makuac said that most of the water boreholes in rural and urban areas in Lakes State get destroyed due to increase of population and many people sharing one water point in the community.

“The population that needs water is big, but there are no enough water boreholes,” said Makuac.

The launching was witnessed by both international and local organizations operating in Lakes State.

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