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Water is Basic

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: We aim to put clean, safe water within reasonable access for every person in South Sudan.

Results: 500 new wells 300 repaired wells 10,000 Sawyer Filters distributed 10% of population given clean water

Target demographics: Bring clean water to as many people as possible

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 wells drilled and repaired

Geographic areas served: South Sudan

Programs: Water is Basic is a borehole drilling organization in the Republic of South Sudan birthed and led by Sudanese religious leaders in response to the country’s water crisis. It is a Sudanese solution to a Sudanese problem. WiB was Founded in 2006 by religious leaders from across all of Sudan came together with one goal, to help their people during the six-year Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The #1 goal of the gathering was to provide clean water as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Water is Basic in numerous capacities over the past five years: I have planned events with their board; I have spent time with their leaders; and I have even traveled to South Sudan in partnership with the organization for a church mission trip.

I could write a ton on why I love Water is Basic. I'll just leave my top three reasons why I love them here.

1) They will do whatever it takes to accomplish their mission. I have never encountered a nonprofit that works so hard to accomplish their objectives. They love South Sudan, and long to see the country rebuilt. This drive, motivated by compassion, is evident in the big and small operations of the nonprofit. As far as big things, they are always thinking strategically about long-term vision for rebuilding South Sudan. As far as small things, they are incredibly responsive and helpful in planning trips and events. They get things done.

2) Water is Basic empowers the South Sudanese. The nonprofit was co-founded by Bishop Elias Taban, a prominent South Sudanese leader, and they employ a number of South Sudanese. This is not a tourist nonprofit; they are NOT a Western organization that wants to dump money, feel better about themselves, and then leave. It is in Water is Basic's DNA to empower the South Sudanese to build their own solutions in their own country. Because of this, Water is Basic makes for better long-term partners, because they are interested in long-term growth in South Sudan instead of just short-term, sticker solutions to complex problems.

3) They make giving to a good cause easy, approachable, and cool. I have worked with Water is Basic to plan fundraisers for their organization. They are top-notch at planning events that people WANT to go to. They do not operate on guilt-inducing sales pitches; instead, they put on events where people have fun, learn about South Sudan, and leave confident that they have made a difference (whether they have given $1 or $10,000). If you're looking to mobilize millennials to give to a good cause, you should check out Water is Basic.

So yes, Water is Basic is the best. I highly recommend giving to them and partnering with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly passionate and well run organization with a heart for community development around the wells they build. They provide the resources needed for a community to maintain their wells for years to come. You will never regret getting involved with Water is Basic.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a legit as it gets. Their mission (water) is critical in the most literal sense of the word. I've interacted with WiB for years and they've proven to be one of the most authentic, strategic, and culturally-aware groups I've come across. Your money, time, blood, sweat, or tears are well spent with these guys/gals.

Lauralee C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Water is Basic provides sustainable sources of water to the war ravaged South Sudan people. They do commendable work and need your support!

1 Brooke Redwine T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed getting involved in multiple ways -- whether it's fundraising, helping edit a report, or volunteering at an event. The values of Water Is Basic are upheld in every context, and the crux of the matter has remained "the main thing" -- getting life-saving water to those in need in a country whose people have been ravaged by war and conflict. The team at WIB is led by locals in South Sudan, which really sets it apart from so many other water relief organizations because it means it's a sustainable model that restores dignity and a sense of South Sudanese ownership unmatched by other models. It's also the kind of methodology that heals a multitude of wounds, wounds that go way beyond water.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love working with Water is Basic and sharing their passion for clean water with my students. I appreciate all they do to help people around the world and inspire our students each day!

2 SGrover92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WHAT A FANTASTIC ORGANIZATION! Our middle school sustainability club paired up with Water is Basic when our club members decided they wanted to do something to help the water crisis. Working with this organization was a fantastic experience and they have been so encouraging and helpful through the whole process! We have been fundraising since March of this year, and this morning we announced to our club members that we raised enough funds to repair six wells. THEY WERE BEYOND EXCITED! We can't wait to see how lives will continue to be changed through this wonderful nonprofit!

1 Evan S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors to Water is Basic since Day One. We knew we wanted to share our money with others who were in need, and the amount of impact you can have per dollar is really unmatched. I now serve on the Board and see on a daily basis how we operate efficiently to ensure as much of our funding goes straight to South Sudan as possible. Our children love it as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Water is Basic is thrilling to be part of. The relationship with the team in South Sudan is unique and donors can feel so connected to the life-saving work being done on the other side of the globe through constant pictures, reports, and firsthand stories from friends and colleagues who travel there to see it with their own eyes. Water is Basic has a passionate and specialized team working hard to involve donors in meaningful, purposeful work in any way they can. It's a great way to spend your giving dollars knowing that they will be put to work with as little overhead as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Water is basic provides clean water to the new nation of South Sudan and does that through committed partnerships with leaders in the South Sudanese community. They are faithful partners to the people of South Sudan. When you give to Water is Basic, you empower the people of a new nation and give them peace and stability as well as clean water.

2 Erin Keck W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with this organization since learning about it. They strive to help the people of South Sudan help themselves. They provide the funding for the South Sudanese to drill and repair wells so that the community can focus on other needs aside from the basic necessity of clean water. My family's involvement has been extremely positive. The response from the leadership in this organization and the gratitude shown has been outstanding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great locally (S. Sudan) led org with a unwavering focus and clear strategy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard Steve Roese from Water is Basic speak at my church in 2014 and was grieved by the staggering statistics about the severe need for clean water in South Sudan. I was impressed by the way they work with the Sudanese people to drill their own wells and train them how to maintain them. They are committed to teach them to be self sustaining. Steve came to speak again this year at my church and shared about the bombings in South Sudan and all the displaced families running for their lives with no clean water and even worse, some of their family members and friends have died in the bombings. Water is Basic is now helping in a profound way by sending Sawyer water filters that attach to any bucket and filter out 99.?(some crazy amount) of all pathogens that cause disease, and better yet, after purifying 300 gallons of water, you only need to rinse the filter in clean water and use it again, never having to replace it. Water is Basic is trending with the times, and does what is needed to get the job done. They have a campaign to get as many of these water filter systems into the hands of the Sudanese as soon as possible. For a mere $20, you can save many lives. I was also inspired by his words that said, "Don't get celebrity paralysis; One person in the hand of God can make a profound difference."
"We have so much in the US and I am very thankful. As an artist my passion is to use the gifts and resources I have to do fundraisers for those less fortunate than myself. I create and sell artwork and use my culinary skills to make soup and gourmet popcorn for this great cause. I want my small investment to make a difference! Water is Basic is a great organization to link arms with to transform lives with the gift of clean water."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Water is Basic has been an absolutely amazing and motivating factor in my life. In highschool, I created a club based on fundraising to build water wells in Africa. We ended up partnering with Water Is basic and have been working with them for years (the club is still active even though I am in college now). They are easily accessible and genuinely care about making a difference in the world. I love their system of helping the people of South Sudan help themselves, training them to build wells and creating boards of villagers to be responsible for each of part. I genuinely love and believe in this nonprofit

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Donor

Rating: 5

Water is Basic changes lives. In providing life giving/life saving water to South Sudanese villages across the young nation, Water is Basic changes the lives of many. But Water is Basic changes lives back here in the US. By involving American (and other western countries) donors in their mission, Water is Basic transforms the worldview of many. My family has supported Water is Basic for 10 years and have been blessed to be able to participate vicariously in the work they do. It is humbling to be a part of something so important and life changing as providing clean drinking water.
We love the fact that drilling of the wells is done by South Sudanese crews and the maintenance and administration of the wells by local village leadership.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had observed the intensity of Water is Basic's (WiB) response to the immediate need for clean water in South Sudan following the Comprehensive Peace Treaty in 2006. In very little time, the organization was funded, built, running efficiently, and providing clean water to those in the greatest need. Even more impressive was the fact that it was being administered by the South Sudanese, making it very effective.

After witnessing the need and seeing how effectively WiB responded, and the amazing impact on the people, I chose to volunteer, go to South Sudan numerous times, and ultimately join the board.

In a time of war and famine where many relief organizations are focusing elsewhere, WiB remains deeply involved and is literally saving lives daily.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Lisa Primavera and I have had the privilege of working with Water Is Basic through my church, 1 st Church Coral Springs Florida. In November of 2016 , I co- led a group of runners and walkers in the Ft Lauderdale Half marathon and 5K. Our group trained for several months during which we raised awareness of the water crisis in South Sudan. The runners and walkers collected donations from friends,family and church members through a filter campaign. It was an amazing experience to be able to help our brothers and sisters abroad. We are looking forward to partnering with WIB through programs like local running events,Vacation Bible School and other campaigns this year as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I count it a privilege and an honor to have met Steve Roese and Bishop Elias Taban, co-founders of Water is Basic. The picture you see is an oil painting of Bishop Taban affixed to a jerry can – what the women carry on their heads to fetch water. It’s big and heavy even empty! How do they do that? I bought my jerry can at a WIB fundraiser a few years ago and it now sits right inside the front door of our home. My husband and I are retired on a fixed income, but we always have change in our pockets. The jerry can is the perfect place to collect not only our change, but many times that of a guest or even a grandchild. The last time we counted the change, it came to $85 and the jerry wasn’t even half full! We had to empty it because we could hardly lift it! Now, that may not sound like a lot to many people, but think what it can do in Africa! That’s almost 6 Sawyer Filters! Just from change! Thank you WIB and God bless you for all you do for our brothers and sisters in Africa! And thank you for the opportunity to feel like a part of your team! Good job!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mission of Water is Basic is to put clean, safe water within reasonable access for every person in South Sudan. In 2015 I traveled to South Sudan to see their work first hand and met the South Sudanese Water is Basic employees. They are key to the sustainability of this organization. We visited villages impacted by newly repaired wells managed by a local committee of men and women. During that trip we also visited Goma, DRC where the solution there was to get water filtration systems into homes and to build rain catchment systems to prepare for the dry season. With boots on the ground, Water is Basic continues to do work in the midst of the crisis in South Sudan. Currently we are working to get 10,000 water filtration systems to people on the move because of the conflict. I believe in the work of this organization so much that after fundraising for years, I'm honored to join the team full time.

3 givnwater

Donor

Rating: 5

We have had the good fortune of working with WIB for almost 3 years. As part of that experience, I had the opportunity to visit South Sudan with the WIB team and see their impact first hand - it was simply amazing. They have truly built a locally led solution to a local problem - clean water. From the moment you land in Yei, South Sudan you see the impact of their work. WIB helped construct the welcome facility at the airport, the wells that service the community next to the airport, and everyone in town seems to be aware of the great work of WIB and EPC. During my trip, we had the opportunity to repair multiple wells in the region, including one community where they had not had access to clean water for almost 2 years! The smiles on the children's faces and the joy that the simple gift of clean water can bring is indescribable. Please join us in supporting this great organization! - GIVN