Water for South Sudan recently recognized local individuals who made outstanding contributions to the nonprofit organization.
To mark its 15th year, WFSS recognized the 2018 award-winners during a fundraising brunch at La Luna restaurant in High Falls.
The Founder’s Award was established to recognize individuals who are longtime donors, friends and advocates for WFSS. Recipients consistently demonstrate their passion and support of WFSS through contributions of their time and talent, as well as financial support.
The third annual Founder’s Award went to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Revs. Frederic Reynolds and Robert Picken received the award. The church’s relationship with WFSS founder Salva Dut started when he first arrived as a refugee to the U.S.
The Long Walk Award was established to recognize individuals who had a great impact on WFSS. Recipients demonstrate passion for its work and provide transformational contributions.
The third annual Long Walk Award went to board member Angelique Stevens, a professor at Monroe Community College who joined WFSS in 2008. Stevens helped the team in South Sudan implement a monitoring and evaluation program for its wells. She and Ater Thiep, country director, evaluated 80 older wells in 2015, which lead to the launch of the WFSS rehabilitation team in 2017 to rebuild and upgrade the platforms of older wells.
WFSS provides people in South Sudan with access to clean, safe water, and works to improve hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. The Rochester nonprofit has an operations center in Wau, South Sudan.