WiB has been an integral part of building and maintaining critical water infrastructure in South Sudan and the Central African region. Steve and the team at WiB have cultivated a community based approach to achieving clean drinking water in places where that luxury is scarce, and have turned over maintenance of the wells they drill to the communities themselves through important well maintenance training. WiB is doing important work in a place that desperately needs it, and are a well deserved recipient of my own and other’s donations.
I went to South Sudan with the water is basic team and saw the behind the scenes of what they do. So thankful for the experience to meet the team and see first hand the great work happening!
I have known of Water is Basic (WiB) since its inception and have been a supporter ever since as a member of Irving Bible Church. However, after I had an opportunity to visit several WiB sites in several countries in Africa and witnessing the impact this great organization is having on the lives of so many did I felt and saw the gospel impact of WiB. The gospel came alive. I genuinely love the vision of WiB and all they have done to not only provide water for God's children but to share the gospel.
Water is Basic=long-term commitment + African Leadership + enormous need +exceptional delivery. This enduring organization was birthed when the founder, in a visit to northwestern South Sudan, witnessed the death of several young children due to impure water, one of the largest killers of young South Sudanese children.
WIB, from its inception, pledged itself to compassionate action rather than empty promises. Water is Basic is more than a clean water provider (which is a noble objective). Community development, facilitators or participants of nation building conversations (grass roots and up), and responding to critical needs are just a few ways that make a difference. WIB dreams with South Sudanese who dream of a new South Sudan.
I’ve had the honor of knowing and spending time with the team behind Water is Basic for 5+ years and can attest to what an incredible group of humans there are working hard behind an important and impactful cause. Their dedication to the overall well-being of the people of South Sudan is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and so incredibly needed. I’ve attended multiple events put on by WiB, each so creatively crafted as a way to get people involved, educated and talking, while raising funds to develop new wells and additional needs in South Sudan. Truly an incredible foundation, ran by hardworking, talented individuals who are passionate about their contribution to our world. I’m lucky to know them!
Water is Basic creates opportunity for local people to solve local water issues. I’m so thankful for this group that empowers a nation and its people. Everyone deserves clean water, and water is basic is doing that responsibly and sustainably.
Steve and team are dedicated, caring people who just want everyone to have the basic human right to water fulfilled. They work tirelessly to keep drilling and maintenance going for the war weary people of South Sudan.
I give because I believe in the hearts of the team and i know from personal conversation that they are genuine. Your money will be well placed with Water is Basic.
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Beneficiaries of WSB from south Sudan yei, i came in to contact with WIB about 6 years ago after my high school when i couldn't afford college, WSB offered me a job as a field Reporter for about 4 years and help by founding my college education in Uganda. Now iam a diploma graduate in ICT.
WSB doesn't only give water to the community but also restoring hope by rebuilding the broken dreams for families with less finans and academic challenges,
Thank you WSB for the opportunity!
Water is Basic is a terrific organization. Our family has partnered with them multiple times at our church and our church's summer camp, and we think they are doing amazing things for the people of South Sudan! Currently we have a personal fundraiser to repair a well, inspired by the fact that we are building our forever home and just recently had our own well dug. We realized how blessed we are to be able to afford and have immediate access to our own personal source of clean water, and wanted to partner with our friends and family to give the gift of LIFE through clean water to community in South Sudan.
I personally love how Water is Basic empowers and involves the local people of South Sudan. I think this model is the foundation of making lasting changing in a struggling community. Thank you, Water is Basic, for all you do!
Water is Basic works hard to provide life-giving water for the people of South Sudan. Empowerment is the key to transforming a country. My fiancé and I give to support a non-profit we are passionate about and to initiate a habit of giving that will start our future marriage off on the right foot. Thanks to all the hard workers and donors who make WIB possible.
We love Water is Basic. WiB & EPC are family to us, and we are honored to partner together for the future of our South Sudanese brothers and sisters. We have learned so much from their resiliency and look forward to how WiB continues to bring hope and life.
Amazing organization that works in one of the hardest hit areas by war, drought and famine for the past fifteen plus years.
Water is Basic has been one of the best examples of a group who took on a very difficult task, to bring clean water to a war torn nation, and continued to do so even when it was almost impossible to do so. When civil war broke out again in 2013, they not only continued their work but also worked very hard to bring peace, aid and reconciliation to the warring groups.
One of the main reason they were able to do this when many others left is their commitment and practice of having the right local leadership. From day one the leadership said that this is a South Sudanese project led by South Sudanese and they lived up to their word.
I and my family have supported Water is Basic since the beginning and will continue to do so and invite others to join us in this very worthy cause.
People in South Sudan are now drinking clean and safe water due to the work of water is Basic. Water is life and this has been a blessing to the people of South Sudan
Water is Basic does an amazing job serving the people of South Sudan who have suffered so much through recent conflict and are working so courageously to rebuild their lives. Water is Basic partners with Bishop Taban who is a local leader who knows how to get work done in South Sudan and how to have a positive, long-standing impact in the community. Each dollar donated is highly valued and accomplishes a great deal in terms of benefitting the people of South Sudan.
It has been incredible partnering with Steve Roese and his team at Water is Basic! Their heart to serve others less fortunate and the value they are adding to the communities in South Sudan is second to none. When I was considering where I could give back, as a nutrition coach, not only is water Basic, but it is essential for good health. This was something I could stand behind and truly make a difference. What I love best is the personal touch that The Water is Basic community has given me and it has made me truly feel part of something bigger than myself! I look forward to furthering the mission and to one day bring my family to visit and serve the communities we’ve built wells for. Maybe even sampling a Cardio Drumming COREBLAST class for them. ~ I’m sure they would love it!
WIB simply saves lives and restores communities in South Sudan.
I love hire they organize to deliver clean water by empowering locals to drill and repair wells - it’s sustainable and I feel it’s super cost effective. That’s why I make water is basic part of my giving plan every year.
Water is Basic is saving lives. I had the opportunity to travel in South Sudan and meet some of the people whose lives have been impacted by water is basic. Not only did the women there talk about how important it is for their children to have clean water, they talked about how amazing it is to have healthy skin. They no longer have sores and dry spots because of unclean water. It is great to know that an organization such as this can be so world changing.
We have been with Water Is Basic in Yei, South Sudan and spoken to the people who now have clean water, because of Water Is Basic. They have drilled wells in good times and during bad times, they are committed to the people. They teach and train people in well management and what it means to have ownership of your own water.
I have actually seen this work on the ground! Grass roots & performed by locals!
Your funds go far here & straight to answering the very real need of clean water for those who wouldn't have it otherwise! Everyone deserves access to clean water! Can’t say enough about the impact they are having, actually saving lives!
Transparent, well organized, and dedicated in good and bad times organization. Works with local people teaching and training them to both drill and manage the wells. Believes in ownership and commitment of the local people to the water well projects.
When my sister went to boarding school for the first time, she was always ill. She always had the flu, the cough, stomachache, or she'll just be in the hospital without a clue to what her illness was. A few months in, it was realized that she was always ill because the water was different. Now in Kigali, the water is clean. But she was far away upcountry and apparently most of the time the water wasn't clean.
So, one day the President and the Executive Director of Water Is Basic were on their way to DRC for another project of clean water provision and stopped by our home in Kigali to visit. They gave my sister a water filter and taught her how to use it. She was never ill like that again.
My other sister also went to boarding school a year later and Water is Basic gave her a filter which helped her a lot.
Now for my family living in the city where water is clean, what is always hard to obtain is pure drinking water. Most people don't drink pure drinking water because the water can be expensive. So, on another visit from the president of Water is Basic and the executive director, they brought us a filter for drinking water. We didn't even ask for it, they just brought it. The president said that the filter could clean the dirtiest of waters, which turned out to be true. But what I loved the most is that when we use the filter to prepare drinking water, the water that comes out of it is the most delicious water I've ever taken. Water isn't supposed to have a taste but somehow it does, and this is the tastiest of them all. So, now that we have the purifier, I don't have to worry about suffering from the cold ever again. All thanks to Water is Basic!
I traveled with Steve Roese of Water Is Basic to Yei River State, South Sudan in February 2019, and my experience is one that I continue to treasure and share. Steve and the Water Is Basic team have established trustworthy relationships within the community and state evidenced by the open arms reception received. Their work in borehole drilling is critical in a region that has experienced internal displacement as a result of decades of conflict yet, Water Is Basic remained (and were active) in the region during periods of conflict. That level of commitment to include the employment and empowering of South Sudanese, was more than reason enough for me to support Steve and Water Is Basic. I am proud to have made my first of many trips to engage South Sudan with this dedicated and proven organization. It is my sincere hope that anyone or organization seeking to support a leader and team doing the work in the world's youngest nation would do so by donating to Water Is Basic! The honor and humility with which Steve and his team demonstrate in South Sudan is reflective of authentic service. I gained a fuller perspective, family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great locally (S. Sudan) led org with a unwavering focus and clear strategy.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
WiB has been in the game with South Sudan for 10 years. Because the drilling teams are native South Sudanese, they continue drilling and repairing wells even during war and famine. WiB remains devoted to helping the people of South Sudan have access to life-saving clean water. I have personally been to South Sudan to see their work and have been involved with numerous fund raisers and can testify that WiB is a first rate organization.
I have had multiple interactions with Water is Basic- from donating, to asking questions, to even visiting and meeting the team and every time I did I was always impressed and always came away wanting more connection and involvement. The leadership is clearly passionate and the mission is easily understood yet full of huge challenges because the need is so great- the way great non-for-profits should be.
I would recommend Water is Basic (and I always do) to anyone as one of the best organizations around. I give to it, volunteer for it and share the stories for it.