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Causes: Economic Development, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

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: As of April, 2017, we have brought safe water and sanitation to nearly half a million people.

Target demographics: men, women, and children living in rural villages 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: We drill wells to provide safe water to rural villages. We provide sanitation and hygiene training in every village where we drill. In addition, the women in each village receive microfinance education, which allows them to start small businesses.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The positive ramifications of a village well, on the life of women and girls is significant . With a village well, the girls don't have to fear rape during a walk of miles to get fresh water. They can go to school and get an education. Wells Bring Hope gives the gift of fresh water to an entire village in Niger, one of the poorest countries in Africa. This is a non profit with a proven record of success. I feel that I have made a difference!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered as the Director of Public Relations and a member of the Advisory Board for nearly two years for this outstanding not-for-profit, Wells Bring Hope. I've never seen an organization direct a higher percentage of funds raised to the cause at hand -- virtually 100 percent! It's ran by a dedicated force of volunteers from throughout the world, all trying to bring sustainable solutions to a life-threatening lack of fresh water in the world's poorest country, Niger.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know the founder and board members of this organization. This charity is run completely by volunteers and has the lowest expenses of any charity I support. When I make my annual gift to Wells Bring Hope, I know that almost every dollar that I donate will go toward digging another well for the women, the girls and the villages in desperate need of a basic human condition...the need for clean water for good health. The burden of obtaining and carrying water falls upon the women and girls. A well allows the freedom for the girls to go to school and make a better life for themselves. And the microloans from this charity help the women to make a better life for their families.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope (www.wellsbringhope.org) is a non-profit that brings safe water to the rural villages in Niger, the poorest country in the world. Perhaps I had a very small part in inspiring their creation.

I had just finished a four year photo project in West Africa that resulted in a photo book and essays from Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ellen Johnson-Serleaf, Mary Robinson,and UN Secretary General Kofi Annam. The photos and essays focused on the need to bring safe water to rural villages and thus freeing up women and girls to spend their time more productively. Women as micro-credit entrepreneurs and girls going to school -- often for the first time in the history of the village.

My job was to inspire individuals and organizations to raise the funds necessary to bring bore hole wells and sanitation to these rural villages.

Early on I spoke to a group of about 60 women in Los Angeles. My talk inspired them to want to raise money for these wells. After raising enough money for three wells, the women asked me to help them start a non-profit where 100% of the donated funds would go to drilling for wells. That was the brith of Wells Bring Hope. Nine years later this volunteer group of quality and resourceful women and men have partnered with World Vision and together they have now financed the building of 442 wells! We now see women in those 442 villages starting their own small businesses and, best of all, girls going to and graduating from school. The work of the volunteers at Wells Bring Hope is life changing for them but especially life changing for the people in the rural villages that now have clean, safe water.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization provide access to clean water and in this day and age, it's crazy that we still have people who do not have access to this basic necessity of life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Wells Bring Hope for over 2 years, and I am continually amazed at all the of the wonderful work this organization does. At the core, the dedication and passion of the leadership team helps drive the mission forward and their enthusiasm and energy permeates throughout the volunteers. One wonderful aspect about volunteering with this organization, is the ability to work remotely and also the variety of positions that are needed to help with the cause. It has been a wonderful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity with passionate and dedicated volunteers that have worked very hard to fund 440 wells. The ladies I've had the pleasure to get to know that have relentlessly continued working on this for 15+ years are amazing to work with. The $ they raise is well spent and helps train women to help them start their own small business as part of every well project.

Wells Bring Hope is a great organization that truly appreciates and puts to good use all contributions made by donors and volunteers.


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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Wells Bring Hope since its inception. I chose it, because I knew it was a lifesaving project for all villagers who were fortunate enough to receive a well. For me,one of the most important aspects of the organization is the impact of wells on the lives of women and girls. One well gives them the opportunity to have a life that is more than walking miles everyday to get the only water available--dirty water. There is much to be said about the leadership of Wells Bring Hope. They are fiscally responsible and have successfully funded 440 wells that are fully sustainable. I know that my donations will go far and that is why I have increased them every year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is an organization dedication to bringing water wells to villages in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world and where women must spend the better part of each day walking miles and miles just getting water for their families. I have seen a lot of non profit organizations and even more volunteers of NPOs and I have never seen such dedication to helping impoverished women in such a poor part of the world. The volunteers in this group are so dedicated that believe it or not they may even risk danger to themselves to makes their goals happen. I don't contribute to the "big" charities but this one is on top of my list.

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1 Sheila56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am SO impressed with both this organization and the wonderful people who volunteer for it! Everyone pulls together and the importance of bringing clean water to the people of Niger is never far from anyone's mind. A well brings more than just water, though. Not having to spend hours each day carrying water gives the women the chance to become entrepreneurs and the girls an opportunity to be educated. This benefits the entire community. Nobody in Wells Bring Hope forgets how life-changing a well can be and that's what makes this organization so exceptional.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support ‘Wells Bring Hope’ due to the immense benefits it offers to the people of one of the most distressful and deprived locations of the world. The uniqueness of ‘Wells Bring Hope’s relentless contribution is the sustainable provision for safe water including hygiene and sanitation that helps people of the remote areas to have a chance of living. I happen to know of the Board Directors of ‘Wells Bring Hope’ Ida Beal Harding very closely during our volunteering experiences for a non-profit. I have been seeing her dedicated contributions even travelling to the danger-prone areas as the Ambassador of ‘Wells Bring Hope’ to reach the people whom hardly have access to mere amenities of survival, let alone a rightful decent living. Through this review, I am earnestly requesting for the supports and sponsorship of ‘Wells Bring Hope’ so that it can continue its pledge for the people having dire needs of basic amenities but mostly deprived of.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are honored to contribute to any efforts where Ida Harding’s amazing volunteer skills & wisdom utilized.

I do remember during my childhood Summer days (in India at my grand fathers home) we used to walks miles to gather drinking water (due to deforestation draught). I have seen during MBA days in Anantapur how the place was transformed by the well's by Satya Sai Baba - even if I am not a believer, I admire his philanthropy to give drinking water to millions. I have seen in Cambodia (deforestation) and Africa how people suffer from lack of water).

Now I am living in a place, which is the #1 fresh water reserve (Memphis, TN) in North America. I had the privilege to explore off beaten paths of Florida in past year - I have seen finest springs and lakes are filled with poisonous Algae from man made contamination (mostly lawn pesticides & fertilizer). I had been to around two dozen countries and noticed how precious and undervalued water is.

Sadly we in the WEST, take WATER granted. But many places people are fighting for their survival and many wars are fought for water (not just in movies).

Thank you Ida for your amazing efforts.Keep it up.
Saji

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Donor

Rating: 5

The volunteers working with Wells Bring Hope never cease to amaze me. They place helping others ahead of their personal health and safety. They are truly making a difference to the women and children in Africa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope does such an amazing job with providing clean water access to people in Niger. What makes Wells Bring Hope unique is the fact that the organization does not just build wells, but ensures that the villages thrive after a well is built. This is because they continue to work in each village for at least 15 years, provide Microfinance for women, and teach other important knowledge to villagers. In addition, Wells Bring Hope is run almost entirely by volunteers (only one person is paid) and they partner with World Vision to match each donation by five times and to provide ground staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Let me preface my review by noting I'm Scottish. We are a people who do not like spending money, and we squeeze every penny's worth of value out of what we do spend. It's what we do.

Wells Bring Hope represents that incredible value that I naturally look for. That's why I've parted with money and time for this organization. Your donation grows in impact from the moment it reaches WBH.

Firstly their partner, World Vision, matches every donation that is made. Your money just doubled, right there!

Added to that they work with each village they drill a well in for 15+ years, adding value to the community by teaching irrigation and sanitation techniques that make the new water supply go even further.

Wells are totally sustainable. These are long term resources for villages, not something that will function long enough for a photo opportunity before becoming a well intentioned white elephant.

Micro-finance programs help women gain a degree of independence they never would have otherwise had, adding to the local economy and fostering a degree of self reliance badly needed in remote communities.

The health benefits of having clean water are so numerous I cannot possibly cover them in one review. By reducing preventable disease children have a better chance of attending school, adults can be more productive in their working lives and life expectancy improves exponentially. This is a quality of life benefit that ripples throughout the community.

So if you are either Scottish by nationality, or at least mentality, you are looking for unparalleled bang for your buck in the donations you make. You have found it with Wells Bring Hope! Your money could not go further in every sense; from dollar matching, to improving opportunities for people who desperately need them, to creating significantly better health outcomes. Your donation to Wells Bring Hope covers them all.

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1 Ida H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope (WBH) drills wells in Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world. Many groups try to help African countries by drilling wells, but many of those wells are abandoned a few years later because the local villagers don't have a sense of ownership for the well. WBH's model is unusual. We only use employees from West Africa, so they speak the local language and know the culture. Before we drill a well, we ask village to contribute some small amount money (to ensure they have a sense of ownership) and create a maintenance committee of 5-7 people, half of whom are women. We train them in hygiene, sanitation, well maintenance and latrine building. After we drill the well, we offer microfinance assistance for the women, who no longer have to spend the brunt of their time walking and carrying water. I'm so proud to be part of this organization. It is totally volunteer run, and 100% of donations go towards wells.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is the only profit I know that uses 100% of donations directly for the cause -- in this case to drill wells in Niger. The organization not only drills wells in a village, but does so in such a way that the local villagers feel ownership and maintain them themselves. Other water organizations "drop a well" into a village and walk away, so the village feels they don't own the well, and so when there are problems, they wait for the "owners" to return to repair it. If one goes back to that well a few years later, it is likely to have fallen into disuse. Not so with the wells drilled by Wells Bring Hope (WBH). In addition, once the women are freed from the burden of walking miles to get water every day
WBH provides microfinance training to them. WBH continues to have a presence in the village for 15 years after a well is drilled.

I have been involved with WBH as a volunteer and a donor since 2008. I have traveled to Niger with the founder three times to videotape interviews with women in remote villages about the need for safe water and microfinance. I have seen first hand how drilling our wells and helping women with microfinance changes lives -- lives of not just the women and girls (who can not attend school) but everyone in a village. I am Director of Volunteer Management, and in that role, I am responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and placing volunteers, and also following up with them about their experiences with WBH. I could not do that if I did not feel that this organization is top notch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization as a volunteer for several years and was initially drawn to them by the financial model they offer. 100% of every dollar donated to WBH goes to drilling wells as the modest administrative expenses that WBH has is paid thru a grant from a corporation. I had never heard of a model like this so I knew my money would get to the cause. And what a cause! Nothing changes the lives of people like clean water does and in the poorest country in the world, Niger, in West Africa. This organization will keep getting my donation, year after year. Wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to be involved with this nonprofit from it's inception. I SOO believe in providing safe water, and at the same time empowing girls to be educated. It is incredibly inexpensive to drill a well! And these wells make for changes which have a far-reaching ripple effect. When you read about the marvelous changes which occur in the villages, you can't help but want to participate! "Wells Bring Hope" has the amazing mission to use every dollar we donate to drill wells ... their operating expenses are covered by other sponsors. What more can you ask for in a nonprofit?!! Love this org!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope does the most wonderful work! Not only clean water to villages (which helps to eradicate disease and keep children healthy), but it also frees the women and girls from being "water fetchers". The way this ends up supporting women and girls, is amazing. If they do not have to walk 3 miles to fetch water for the village, they can go to school! And...we all know how important THAT is for livelihood and well being of the entire village. i MUST ADD: it is one of the few non-profits where all of the money that is donated, goes directly to drilling wells. You couldn't ask for more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came across Wells Bring Hope, I absolutely loved that they work on the micro-level to bring water and sanitation to rural villages in the poorest country in the world- Niger. After further research I found that they have a full cycle of assistance educating people on how to maintain the well, and checking back on the well monthly, years after being drilled. They also teach villages about personal hygiene and teach women about basic business skills and how to form savings groups so they may support their families. While many nonprofits have good intentions and make a difference initially, WBH makes sure their help is sustainable and long-lasting.

With a number of years experience in the nonprofit sector, it is incredible and refreshing to know that 100% of all donations go to drilling wells. WBH is built on volunteers. All staff (except for one person who is paid through a specific grant) are unpaid volunteers. I have been volunteering myself for one year now. I get so much job out of working with other volunteers who put so much of their time and energy into this great cause.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Wells Bring Hope last fall through LinkedIn and am consistently impressed with how smart and strategic this organization is. Utilizing a team of volunteers throughout the country, we work together to raise funds for drilling wells and facilitating women's empowerment in Niger, West Africa. All money raised goes directly to the cause, where it is then leveraged by five times through our partnership with World Vision. Not a dollar is wasted, nor is any time. I highly recommend support of Wells Bring Hope through both time and treasure.