2022-23 Season Update
WFSS just kicked off the regular operating season in December to implement clean water projects: 32 newly drilled wells, 50 well rehabilitations, 2 water storage and distribution systems, and hygiene education trainings in each community served. But did you know that teams have been working in the field since November implementing projects with established partners like UNICEF and Norwegian Church Aid? Field teams are also gearing up for another project with partner The Carter Center, drilling new wells, and rehabilitating broken wells to continue the successful fight to eradicate guinea worm disease by ensuring access to clean water. Learn more.
Medical Mobile Teams Respond to Cyclone Freddy in Malawi
In March 2023, for the second time in two months, Cyclone Freddy made land fall in southern Malawi, triggering floods and mudslides across the country, killing over 500 people, and displacing over 500,000 Malawians. In response to the cyclone, on March 25, 2023, Team Rubicon International (TRI) dispatched 2 EMT Type 1 Mobile Medical Units to Zomba, Malawi, where an estimated 20,000 people have sought refuge in 119 refugee camps. Under the direction of the Malawian Ministry of Health, these teams will provide medical care and WASH services to displaced Malawians across affected areas. As of March 30, TRI has treated 208 patients, in which it is expected this number will increase significantly as the flood waters recede. The first EMT wave will remain in Malawi until April 12th, with a second wave expected to depart soon after.
WFSS Acts as WASH Responder for Sudan Crisis
UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) approached WFSS to act as the WASH responder to support the development of the Wedwiel Refugee Camp for Sudanese refugees. WFSS immediately jumped into action and completed a newly drilled well in less than two days. The new well, along with a solar pump, will become an integral piece of a water storage & distribution system at the camp. Learn more.