Clean Water, Health, Literacy, and Skills for South Sudan Families

Walk for Water and Health 2020

Walk with participants in the March 2020 Walk for Water and Health, raising funds to build water wells in South Sudan. Several former Lost Boys of Sudan attended, including Wells for Hope President Majok Marier and Officer Jacob Mach. Video by Ed Coughlin of Cognitive Production and Development LLC.


Majok Marier's planned March trip to South Sudan to arrange for the drilling of wells in a rural village and at a school has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to reschedule it in the fall if it is safe to do so then.

Wells for Hope Welcomes Your Donation!

Majok Marier and other Lost Boys of Sudan trekked across three countries in search of safety and food and water during the Sudanese Civil War. Now working steadily in the U.S. since 2001, Majok, his fellow Lost Boys, and many concerned friends have created a non-profit organization, Wells for Hope, to bring water wells to villages near Rumbek, South Sudan.

  • Women and girls must walk four to six miles one way each day for fresh, clean water for their families.
  • After providing clean water and sanitation, we hope to start a clinic.
  • The need is great. Majok's sister Lela died of a miscarriage in her village in August, 2013. His six nieces and nephews were left without means of food and shelter and home when she passed away. Majok and his family support Lela's children now. Still, millions face uncertain lives where there are no health clinics. No water, no clinics.

But we have great news! We have four wells! Thanks to many contributors from all over, Majok travelled to see that a well was completed in Billing Daldiar, Lakes State, east of Rumbek, in June 2015! Residents are able for the first time to have clean water in their village, and they have begun growing more crops in the dry season, resulting in income for their families. In spring and summer 2016, two more wells went in, at Mabor Koch, home village of former Lost Boy Stephen Chol Bayok, and Mading Thon. A fourth well was constructed in April, 2018 in the village of Majak.

Wells promote peace.Villagers now have means of sustenance, even as parts of the rest of the country suffer from drought and civil unrest. John Bul Dau, former Lost Boy author and head of foundations promoting development in South Sudan, congratulated Wells for Hope for it's success: The villagers he said, are "reaping the benefits of the peace dividend."

If you would like to contribute to Wells for Hope, you may use our Paypal button below. If you prefer to mail a donation, you can make your donation by sending a check made out to Wells for Hope, Inc. and send it to Wells for Hope, P.O. Box 8754, Atlanta, GA 31106. Please include your email address so that we may acknowledge your gift. 

  • Wells for Hope is registered with the Georgia Secretary of State, and has been approved by the IRS for 501(c)3 non-profit tax status



If unable to make the walk in person, walk in spirit with a donation. Put WIS before your name. Someone walking will wear your name. Add $2 for postage to receive a t-shirt.


Tax deductible contribution to Wells for Hope, Inc.


Through numerous appearances, we raised awareness and raised funds for the four wells!

Majok is pictured above at Inman Middle School and below addressing the International Convention of BBYO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Thanks for inviting us, and thank you for donating!

Contact Us/Consider Volunteering

If you would like to arrange a speaker or to find out more information about Wells for Hope, please email us. If you have time for Board membership or working as a volunteer, we are especially interested in those with social media and/or bookkeeping experience, as well as experience with WASH (Water/Sanitation/Hygiene) program or design. We also would like to hear from teachers and youth leaders wanting to take part in the Walk for Water and Health or other initiatives to educate youth about the needs of East Africa. Please email