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Fountains of Hope International, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: Our mission is to serve God by providing life-giving, safe water to people in need. The vision of Fountains of Hope is to empower and equip the body of Christ to provide life-sustaining water for all of God’s children. We will expand this vision by continuing to build relationships with churches, other like-minded ministries and organizations.

Results: Fountains of Hope has installed over 100 water purifier systems in Haiti helping those most affected by the Jan. 2010 earthquake, cholera outbreaks and recent 2017 hurricanes. We installed 25 purifier systems in Kenya helping during the post-election violence, in HIV/AIDs orphanages and the IDP camps near the Somalian border. Over 20 water purifier systems have been installed in Zimbabwe and Uganda helping to eliminate typhoid outbreaks. We hosted our first health and hygiene conference this summer and will be training people in future events.

Target demographics: Our targeted demographics are helping children, widows and orphans and those afflicted by disasters around the world. We are primarily working in Haiti to help eliminate the cholera outbreaks that are still heavily impacting the country due to the recent hurricanes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have had over 10 water purifier systems installed in Haiti this year, 2 systems installed in Kenya, 2 in Uganda and 4 in Zimbabwe. Other organizations use our system and are installing them in other countries.

Geographic areas served: Haiti, Africa (including Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and India

Programs: FoH is committed to the installation, integration and teaching of safe water solutions for the poorest and most marginalized via water purification, well drilling and health and hygiene education.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Sara142

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Fountains of Hope to install purification systems in Haiti and Nepal after their earthquakes. This being said, FoH is known for more than just leaving purifiers at sites and leaving. Each site is chosen to be central to a large group of people in need; such as a hospital, orphanage, school, or church. Their purifiers use a tablespoon of salt to separate the molecules Sodium from Chloride using electrolysis. The chlorine can be used to purify large amounts of water at once, depending on the need of the community. In both of my trips, fifty-gallon tanks are used to maximize the amount of water available, and the purifier itself is very lightweight and mobile in order to cleanse multiple tanks at once. After installation of these tanks, leaders in the community or facility where the purifier is installed are trained extensively on knowledge to operate and maintain the devices in order to give them self-sufficiency and autonomy until the next time FoH can visit the country.Volunteers themselves are encouraged to bring in and implement their own knowledge and skill sets in order to give more to those who have been impacted by disaster or poverty. While I've been on these two trips, I have had the opportunity (as an EMT who has studied physical medicine and mental health all my life) to give Health and Hygiene presentations to the people of Haiti and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder identification and treatment training to the people of Nepal immediately following their earthquake. FoH has used their reach to touch thousands of lives already and makes the experience personal for everyone involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to a generous scholarship from Banjo Corporation I had an opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe with Fountains of Hope this month to help install some water purification systems, and it was an amazing experience!

Fountains of Hope has a great two-fold program; one part providing sustainable clean water systems in remote areas of developing nations and one part cultural immersion and education. This two-fold program prevents illnesses and saves lives around the world and further serves to open minds and bridge gaps between cultures. It was a humbling experience as I was long overdue for a walk in another man’s shoes. I find it is far too easy for us these days to tolerate suffering by omission, so putting a face to the need was deeply impactful. I was moved by the Shona and Ndebele children of Zimbabwe. The students at the Bumburwi and Dobata primary schools, many of whom had never before encountered a person of another race, were so happy, inquisitive, and accepting of us regardless of our differences. These people, who have so little, are so kind and optimistic with such an incredible sense of community. They are truly a testament to the human spirit, and I count myself fortunate for having had the opportunity to get to know many of them, work with them, and even play a little soccer with them.

Thank you so much to our native hosts and guides, Shepherd, Jane, and Douglas, thank you to our trip coordinator, Bill, and thank you to Banjo Corporation for your ongoing charitable efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fountains of Hope provided disaster relief to a community in Puerto Rico by installing a water purification system. Adults and children alike now can come to the church to have clean water. I saw the local community graciously come together to help our team bring a system. Puerto Rico continues to need clean water in rural areas. Please help by donating and going with us.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a current employee of Fountains of Hope and had the privilege of going on a mission trip to Haiti in February 2018. On this trip, we performed 2 installs and did upkeep on a third for our ongoing project in the Le Digue Mathiou community. The ultimate goal of the Le Digue Mathiou project is to install 10-15 purification stations along a road in this rural area, which could service 9,000+ people (more info on our website).

It was great to have an opportunity to be hands on with the install, piecing together plumbing, drilling holes into the tanks, figuring out the transportation of giant 1,000 gallon tanks, figuring out how to lift other giant tanks onto a roof (!), etc. Our leadership has this process planned and organized to be efficient and quick. We stayed at the Children's Lifeline Mission compound, who we partner with to help us find locations, maintain systems, and perform installs. Because of this, we got to meet many awesome Haitians and experience their culture and how they live day to day.

Fountains of Hope truly makes a difference in people's lives every-single-day by allowing them to purify their water so that it's safe to drink. I hope I have another opportunity to visit this wonderful island, bring safe water to communities who need it, and make more friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on my first FOH team recently in Kenya and was amazed at the difference relatively little investment and time can make to a community lacking clean water. We installed two systems in rural schools and one in Nairobi. Not only will the schools benefit but the communities in the surrounding areas will also have access to water that does not carry cholera, typhoid, etc. bacteria. Great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Fountains of Hope installing a water filtration system in our sister parish in Haiti. I can say this organization is well lead, efficient, and truly lives its Christian mission. From its indefatigable leader, to all the passing community members that are involved from trip to trip, you can count on Fountains of Hope bring hope through safe water!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fountains of Hope is an amazing team with great passion and a heart to serve others; a role model go non-profits & for-profits to follow.

I'm a proud donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern for Fountains of Hope this summer and it has been an amazing experience so far! I have loved being able to organize events and works on projects that help me grow as a person and also meet new people. I am interning with a friend and it has made my summer 10 times better and more fun! Fountains of Hope is such an impactful organization that helps so many people in need but has also impacted my life in just a few weeks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started interning with Fountains of Hope a few weeks ago, and the impact it has had on me has already been incredible. In just a few short weeks, I've already witnessed the amount of work and love that goes into changing lives here and have had the pleasure of experiencing all the selfless effort that is constantly shown in this organization!

2 Autumn6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I live in Haiti and have for 8 years. This is the second time I have had the chance to partner with FOH. The first was last year when they came up north to our mission and put in a water filtration system for the mission I work for to provide clean water to our facility. He also brought an OT Professor from ISU and a ST to serve alongside me for the week. It was a blessing to my therapy ministry to have them work alongside me.

This past week I helped Bill lead a group of ISU occupational therapy students on a service break trip in Port Au Prince, Haiti to help provide therapy to disabled children in 2 orphanages. They did evaluations and wrote educational and therapy plans for 1 orphanage that is opening a special education school and fixed/built equipment for positioning at another orphanage. FOH allowed the group to commute between the orphanages, as well as explore the culture and community in Haiti. FOH helped with all the logistics of travel. It was a great week and the team made a sustainable difference at both orphanages. While we worked in therapy world Bill the founder helped build tables and shelves for the special needs school and put in a water filtration system at a church.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We compeleted therapy evaluations and came up with sustainable treatment plans for the special needs children in two different orphanages. As occupational therapy students, this has been an excellent learning experience. I have had an amazing time working with the children and learning more about the culture in Haiti.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our group (isu ot's) went to Haiti with fountains of hope to provide services to children with disabilities. Our experience so far has been great. We had translators and transportation set up and we were able to evaluate and treat all the children without any problems. I felt safe the whole trip and stayed at New life orphanage which provided the food and shelter for the week. I would definitely consider going on another mission trip with fountains of hope after this experience

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our ISU occupational therapy group of 7 was able to travel with Fountains of Hope to Port Au Prince, Haiti to help provide therapy to disabled children in 2 orphanages. FOH allowed us to commute between the orphanages, as well as explore the culture and community here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My therapy team partnered with FOH to serve children with disabilities at orphanages in Port Au Prince. We were able to combine our skills to build, adapt wheelchairs, and create therapy and educational plans for a new school. FOH founder Bill was an amazing addition to our team to help us navigate the life in Haiti!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fountains of Hope visited our Mission in Haiti. They installed a water purifier for our orphanage. As soon as it is completed we can open the orphanage. The last time they visited they installed a system at a school that we take care of. This will provide clean water for the children as well as the families nearby. We can not thank Fountains of Hope enough. It is so important for the future of this community to have clean drinking water. Some people have to travel long distances to get clean water so we feel very fortunate.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a teacher taking 12 high-schoolers to install a water purification system in Haiti, Fountains of Hope provided a great project for our group. Bill was helpful and knowledgeable about the culture and area. The students had so much fun during the service trip, and accomplished a lot. My one criticism would be that not all students had tasks at every time, the project was too small for our group. We found other areas for them to help, but it took some rearranging and logistics. Overall, a rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lifeline organization is really awesome. After coming here as a Christian yet with a non-Christian school, it was awesome seeing the impact in my groups lives as we impact the Haitian Lives around us.
I loved being able to meet, hug, and hold the hands of the children that were here. Even if you didn't know their name, they still treated you as a close Family Relative. I would definitely suggest this organization to a youth group, church, or even a school that is looking to make a difference. I loved my experience, and I am hoping to come back soon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling to Haiti was THE best service that I have done so far. This trip made me realize that I need to do more hands on volunteer. Along with service I had tons of fun! Fountains of hope does an amazing job at being supportive, caring, helpful, and giving, not only for the community, but for those that come and help. We are told what and how to do everything and every little thing that we did made a change. We had AMAZING hosts, food, and transportation. Completely worth it and would totally come again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never forget this once in a life time experience I had a blast. The people in Haiti are just so nice and have a big heart and love to help. I never felt so happy in life being here I enjoy being here this one week My group is the best I love them so much and we shared so many memories we wont forget. I love this place. I Love the food.I love the staff.I love everything. It kills my heart to see these kids with no shoes or no underwear. I hate the fact that I cant do much to impact them. I feel the change. I feel the differnce in the world. I cant imgine leaving here because I love this place so much its my home. My group is my family. I love haiti and i will miss it. I pray all the people will be safe and healthy. I will try to come back because i really do want to come back.#Haiti#trip#all#the#way#fountainsofhope

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on many mission trips (14 in total. domestic/abroad), this trip has been the most service oriented and deep care for the community. The staff show a deep concern to positively impact the community in every way they possibly can. The need is great but with the partnership between the community and the mission, amazing progress is being made.

Over the course of five days, we managed to install two 500 gallon tanks and one 1,000 gallon water purifier at a new orphange. The genuine love and concern for the community is demonstrated by the kids who rush to see staff and volunteers as they step outside the mission gates. The community has been a great partner with the mission, many members of the community have worked by our side and would translate for us. This program is a heart felt program that provides way more than it takes in. The need is very great, but the passion of the mission to serve the community is greater.