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Learn more of how the programmes are achieving the vision and mission of Across on the Human Interest Stories section categorized by Across Programme Sectors below.

WASH Project Completed

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:24
water spring 1 Across has recently completed a 3 year water, sanitation and hygiene project (WASH) in South Sudan from July 2011 - June 2014.  The aim of the project was to improve hygiene practices, as many people still practice open defecation and have not learnt about how water-related diseases are spread from person to person.  Securing clean water sources and improving the safe handling and storage of water has also been an emphasis of the project. 
water spring 2

The project has mobilised people to understand their water and hygiene needs to prevent sickness and to take action.  About 50% of people who attend a WASH training for the first time will go home and dig a latrine for their family.  After 3 years, more than 80% of families in the project area now have their own latrine.  This makes it a very successful programme.

The programme has also established hygiene committees in schools and children are taking the hand-washing message home to their parents.  This ensures that the knowledge will remain with people into the future.

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Communities in Yei have also been busy improving their water sources.  These are photos of a spring that has been protected by the construction of an outlet structure.  This enables people to collect water without contaminating the spring by dipping dirty containers into the water, or standing in the spring.  The structure also ensures that animals will not contaminate the spring. 



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The outlet structure is constructed from clay bricks, which community members make and fire (bake) using traditional techniques. The structure is then plastered with cement plaster to provide an enduring surface.  

In some cases, Across assisted with the cost of buying cement, as it is imported and very expensive for the villagers to buy.


The WASH project was made possible with funding from Tearfund UK and Tear Australia and we thank these partners for their valuable support.





Wife rejected due to traditonal belief on child with cleft lip

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:10

2013-06-24 22.21.11The beliefs within the community led Grace’s Father, Clement Lowate, to accuse his wife, Betty, of adultery.  He believed the adultery resulted in a child born with disability. His relatives joined him in condemning her, so Betty left and returned to her parents, taking Grace and her other children with her.  Although they were allowed to stay at the home, Betty’s family also rejected the pair and gave no support, as they also believed there had been adultery committed.  Betty felt hopeless.


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