March 14, 2022
Enclosed is our 2021 annual report.
As you flip through the pages, you will read about the significant “positioning” we have done to accomplish both our local Omaha and international missions. Partnerships were established, teams were formed, workplans and budgets prepared, contracts negotiated, and materials ordered. The real ‘results’ of this work will soon be realized.
In Omaha, we’re partnering with other organizations and Omaha businesses to develop a youth summer camp and competition that supports our mission of “bridging cultural gaps” in the community. We believe the camp will provide opportunities for under-resourced area youth to learn new skills in the summer months and to experience science, technology and math concepts in a fun, hands-on way.
In South Sudan, several water systems were rehabilitated during 2021. Operational processes were formalized, and production capabilities increased. In November, a Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Wel Akau, was hired and he has hit the ground running! Significantly, he and the Juba team have implemented more robust accounting policies and procedures to govern financial operations. Mr. Akua’s financial expertise and experience with compliance and human resource matters will greatly benefit the organization going forward. We are thrilled to have him on our team.
Disruptions in the global supply chain are being felt in South Sudan, as in the rest of the world. The cost for our purchase of galvanized steel water tanks has increased 200% since the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and we are seeing inflationary pressures build as prices for materials such as solar panels, electrical components, and PVC pipe also climb. It is not yet clear what the full impact will be on Aqua-Africa project budgets and implementation timeframes. Naturally, we’ll be challenged to anticipate barriers and to find lower-cost solutions.
Your financial support makes our work possible. Be assured we are doing everything humanly possible to be responsive to the many people that await our services.
Buey Ray Tut