Wells Bring Hope

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Address:

Los Angeles CA 90049 USA

Mission:

Wells Bring Hope is committed to drilling wells to bring safe water and sanitation to rural villages in Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world where contaminated water kills innocent victims, most often infants and young children.

Results:

Effective 11-2014, 305 wells, bringing safe water and sanitation to close to 200,000 people.

Target demographics:

save lives with safe water by drilling wells in the poorest country in the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 50,000 people, most of them young children

Geographic areas served:

Niger, West Africa

Programs:

safe water to put an end to death and disease from contaminated water. We also provide access to sanitation and hygiene, educating villagers on why its important to use latrines and when and how to wash hands to stay healthy.

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I love donating my time and money to this nonprofit. It's a local group of women who started it and we raise money to drill wells in Niger, When a village gets a well, the women and girls have no need to walk for 4-5 hours a day in search of water than we would not even water our gardens with. But, the best part, is that the girls can now go to school and the women get into micro-loan businesses.

 
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Aside, of course, to bringing safe water to those in Niger than would otherwise have to scrounge for water that none of us would begin to drink, girls can go to school. Because, they do not have to spend their days along side their mothers, walking in order to find water, they can use their time to attend school. This can only benefit themselves, their families, their community and county. And the water is there. They just cannot access it without our help, raising money and drilling wells.

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I learned about this nonprofit several years ago from a good friend. Was impressed and awed by the mission and the work that they were doing in Niger, the poorest country in the world. I also was surprised to learn that 100% of one's donation goes directly to building wells, that none of the money donated is used for the nonprofit's expenses. This is a very rare model! Wells Bring Hope is mostly a volunteer organization with just one paid staff person. They are transforming thousands of lives every year that they continue their work.

 
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Wells Bring Hope is a nonprofit drilling water well in Niger. West Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world,

Clean water transforms villages.

Every dollar donated to WBH goes 100% to a well - no money is used for administrative expenses.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I learned about WBH a few years ago from a fellow cancer survivor who had just returned from a trip to Niger. I was heart broken hearing the stories about the extreme hardship in Niger,the poorest country in the world. As is true in much of the developing world, women seem to pay the biggest price. In response, my family decided to fund a well a year. My 12 year old son also decided to start his own water circle.

i have seen many nonprofits over the years where you send in your contribution and there is no accountability for how it is spent. We have ceased supporting these organizations as dollars are spent on questionable activities. WBH, on the other hand, is 100% about transparency. You send money, fund a well or a portion of a well and you know how it is sent, building a well. Nothing you donate is taken for salaries or administrative overhead, there is a separate grant for that. And even more compelling, World Vision matches every $ of your donation to install the well, provide sanitary bathroom facilities for the village, provide education to the villagers. They then work with the villages for 15 years to ensure the villages are thriving.

There is so much extreme wealth in our world and I am regularly shocked about how money is thrown away on material things. A great cause and a dynamic executive director in Barbara Goldberg who has truly devoted her being to this organization and saving lives.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I have been and advisor and donor to Wells Bring Hope since 2010. The organization brings clean water to Niger to save lives and improve prospects for some of the poorest people in the world. Through their travels to Niger, Barbara and her team have been able to witness and communicate the real difference that donors can make, particularly to the lives of women and children. I provide strategic advice and volunteer support to the organization and have been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of long term volunteers.

 
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When I first learned about Wells Bring Hope, my heart was broken to find out how young girs lives were completely limited by contaminated water. Then I saw what Wells Bring Hope did and was doing. I was so inspired by the transformation of these communities, of the opportunities that clean water brought to young girls (they could go to school), their mothers (they started small businesses through micro loans) and the men learned agriculture. It made life truly possible and joyful. Simple water was like a magic elixer. I have been volunteering for them ever since.

 
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Few charities focus their efforts in such an important cause as providing clean water to the women of Niger. In line with International Human Rights goals and obligations, and in particular with the UN Convention to end all forms of Discrimination against Women, Wells Bring Hope efforts underscore that addressing basic needs is truly the most impact-worthy and everlasting game-changer in any community. This organization's founders and staff are truly committed and understand that women are key to the welfare of many, and that providing assistance and opportunities to women is the best way to improve the lives of a whole community. Please don't miss the opportunity to support their efforts!

 
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This group is run with such integrity! Helping the people of Niger (for whom the wells are dug) is the reason for this group and that's never forgotten. With the exception of one paid staff member (not the director!), everything is done by committed, hardworking people volunteering their time and resources.

 
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Volunteering with Wells Bring Hope has been a wonderful experience. The organization is full of kind, hard working individuals who are motivated towards a common goal in making meaningful changes to bring clean water to Niger. It has been a privilege to work with them.

 
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This is an amazing organization started as the vision of one powerful, visionary woman, Barbara Goldberg. Thru her organizations massive efforts they have provided over 360 wells to rural villages in West Niger. In addition to the obvious health benefits to the villagers, these wells have allowed thousands of girls, who previously spent their days hauling water from far away wells to their villages, to attend schools and to avoid the potential dangers of rape and slavery from being out alone in the fields every day. The women of the villages can now spend their days productively earning income to support their families. And every dollar donated goes right into the drilling of these wells. An outstanding vision come true.

 
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I have been involved with Wells Bring Hope since it's inception. The organization is truly committed to pure giving --and the integrity of it's founder, Barbara Goldberg, is unparalleled. She runs a lean machine with a 100% volunteer organization.

I was extremely moved when, in 2008, I went to Niger with Wells Bring Hope to see firsthand what having vs. not having clean water meant to the villagers in this dirt poor nation. It was devastating and gut-wrenching to see the conditions and the maladies that plagued those without water. There is just no reason anyone should have to suffer like that.

The mission of Wells Bring Hope -- putting clean water wells into impoverished villages in East Africa -- is one that I will always support. I am fortunate to be able to work with such a committed, passionate group of people. Go Wells!

 
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I have been a volunteer with WBH for three years now. I had to move cities and I was surprised with how connected I still felt with the organization and my specific team. I have learned so much from my role and it has allowed to gain many skills. But the most valuable thing I gained are the connections I have made with the amazing volunteers at WBH.

 
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I am so pleased to have stumbled across Wells Bring Hope. What drew me into the organization was its mission to help communities in Niger through drilling wells, and giving the gift of water. It is rare to find an organization where 100% of donations go to drilling wells.

I decided last year to volunteer with them and I plan to, for many years to come. The volunteers at WBH are genuinely concerned for the cause and share my passion for help. It is so great to volunteer with such like-minded people and see how much each person cares for the project. Through my work with WBH I feel as though I contribute something of value to the organization as well as the cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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