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When Garang returned to his village, which is called Lang, he realized immediately the overwhelming need facing the people. Garang realized immediately the overwhelming need facing the people in Lang. He struggled to determine how he could help. There are 10,000 people living in Lang village and surrounding villages. They are a three-hour walk from the nearest river and nearly a two-hour walk from the closest water pumps. Garang observed people drinking water directly from puddles on the ground—the same ground where, for lack of latrines, people use to defecate. He was alarmed to learn the rates at which people in his area are still dying of cholera, a preventable water-born disease. Hundreds of villagers, Garang was told, died of cholera in the past year alone. During the long, hot dry season, the cows and goats also become vulnerable and die—depriving the villagers' of their chief source of income.
It soon became clear to Garang what he would do: he would raise money to build a system of water pumps, providing a source of clean water to his and neighboring villages. Garang began immediately raising money and returned to Sudan with Gabriel Bol in February 2009 to begin drilling the wells. Garang oversaw the drilling of six wells in both Lang and Ariang villages. For more information about the Lang Water Project, please click here!
 

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