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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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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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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