I was motivated to join Wells Bring Hope when I attended a presentation by Gil Garcetti on the plight of villagers in Western Africa. I was moved by photos of young girls who had to walk many miles sometimes several times a day to fetch water. As a result, they could never go to school. I knew almost immediately that I had to do something to help stem this cycle. WBH offered the opportunity to join a number of like minded folks, and we ARE making a difference!
The first time I saw the video of a water well coming in to a village in Niger, my heart jumped and I thought " I must be a part of this project!". Other than air, there is nothing more basic to life than water. Nothing! Safe water that you can drink without having to fear that you will be poisoned by pollutants or that your child will die from dysentery. Clean water to wash the bodies of your babies. This is what drew me in to this project, and has kept me involved for over three years.
The second draw was education for all of the little girls who, as soon as they could carry a bucket or bowl, were conscripted into carrying water from the polluted waterholes. There was no hope of going to school. Now the water is available easily to all and the girls can get an education, along with the boys.
The third draw was that the women of the village were supported with loans to begin small businesses.
This is an amazing project that keeps on giving to strengthen the village and the people in it.
I would encourage all who read this to contribute with a caring heart. You will not be disappointed.
All the money you donate goes directly to the project. ALL!
I learned about Wells Bring Hope over a year ago at an event at the founders home. I saw a video of a well coming in, in a village in Niger - the children running ecstatically through the falling water and the aged village leader crying with joy. It moved my heart! I learned more about the project and the organization over the next few months and was impressed with many things, including the fact that every cent donated to Wells Bring Hope goes directly to the drilling of a well. I decided to sponsor a Water Circle and my friends and I funded a well in 2011. I was so thrilled, I am sponsoring another this year. I joined the Board of Directors this year and am happy to be a part of this very important project that is making a huge impact on clean water accessability in Niger.
I am so inspired by Wells Bring Hope, and the people it serves. It is a lean, well-managed non-profit run almost entirely by volunteers committed to providing hope to the poorest people in the world. Wells Bring Hope doesn't just drill water wells and then say "adios." Wells Bring Hope and its on-the-ground partner World Vision remain on-the-ground, providing micro-loans to women in the villages and teaching the villagers about hygiene, uses for grey water and maintenance of the wells.