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Wells Bring Hope

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Environment, International, International Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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 November, 2018, we have drilled 550 safe water wells, bringing safe water and sanitation to over half a million people, most of them children.

Target demographics: Primarily women, girls and young children living in rural villages in the poorest country in the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50,000 people

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, and as part of every well drilling project, we educate women how to start their own small business. We continue to work with every village for a minimum of 15 years.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Wells Bring Hope since 2012. What I love the most about my time with WBH is the amazing people I have met. Everyone involved in this organization is dedicated not only to our incredible mission of helping the communities of Niger but also to helping one another succeed. The constant support and love I have felt the past few years has been unparalleled to any other volunteering experience. It has been one of the best decisions I ever made to join WBH. I highly recommend taking a moment to reach out to the Volunteer Team and seeing if there is any way you can contribute!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Ida H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope drills wells in Niger, the poorest country in the world. All donations go directly to drilling wells. Few other nonprofits can say this. The organization also provides microfinance support and training. In addition, it provides education and training on the digging and use of latrines. and the importance of keeping water clean after taking it from the wells.The impact on the villages is tremendous. Disease, blindness, and death decrease markedly. Water is indeed key! And what a difference can be made with even a small amount of money.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this non-profit since 2008. I am thrilled and proud over its achievements - and can't stop sharing information about it! Unlike almost all other nonprofits, 100% of its donations go towards drilling wells. And we have drilled 450 wells, affecting almost half a million lives -- forever! Most water charities, that drill a well and leave behind a village expecting them to return and maintain the well, because they do not have a sense of ownership, we have a different model. We partner with World Vision, which uses staff only from West Africa who speak the local language (Hausa) and understand the culture. They go into a village and offer to drill a well, but only if the village 1) contributes a small amount of money and 2) creates a maintenance committee of 7 or 9 people, half or whom are women. They train the committee to maintain the well, build latrines, and generally in sanitation and hygiene. The committee is tasked with maintaining the well and educating the village in these subjects. Once this has started, we drill the well, and then ask the women if they'd like to learn microfinance. They do! So we start microfinance groups of women and hold regular meetings with them to train them in microfinance. The two together (water and microfinance) Make an incredible difference in the village! I've been there myself, talking to the women. The difference in them AND in the village itself is visible. The village is clean. The children are clean. The women are confident and proud of themselves. AND the numbers of people who get sick and die of water related diseases drops drastically. And, lastly, but very importantly, now girls are freed up to go to school! I'm sooo proud of this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is an incredibly, highly efficient nonprofit. I love that they don't stop at providing water and instead provide a comprehensive approach to improving life for the poorest people in the world. The microfinance training that they provide empowers the women in the villages where they drill wells, and I really believe that empowered women are the key to creating change in any situation!

partycarol

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Wells Bring Hope for the last 10 years. Being able to support an organization such as this is a true pleasure.

It is amazing what an impact a well can make on a village. Clean water means reduced infant mortality; safety for girls and women (who no longer have to walk 3 miles to get "bad" water); and education. The girls can now go to school and the women can establish micro-businesses, thereby raising the economy of the village. This is a win-win-win-win and so much more!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity amazes me! Who else uses 100% of the donation to drill the wells? (none of our dollars are used for admin!) Not only that, but the wells are supervised for 15+ years after they are drilled to ensure the villages have the maintenance they need to keep everything in good working condition. Clean water creates: reduction in infant mortality; education for girls who can go to school instead of walking to find water; time for women to begin micro-businesses and general economic growth for the village. So much for so little!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Wells Bring Hope for 1.5 years and am constantly amazed at the impact we have made with such a small, committed and talented team. I used to live in a community with no access to running water when I worked for an international development organization and the amount of time and energy spent on figuring out where the my next cup of clean water would come from was daunting. Hence, this cause is very close to my heart and I'm glad to give my time to this organization and help increase clean water access in Niger.

Donor

Rating: 5

I share about Wells Bring Hope every chance I get! It is so refreshing to be able to trust that donated funds truly are used as this organization describes. These wells change lives of so many giving time and opportunity for girls and women to do something other than walk miles to carry water for their village. With safe water from the well, girls and woman can attend school, they are supported to start their own businesses and then help others to start businesses too, they grow vegetables so overall health of everyone improves. I continue to be so inspired by the work Wells Bring Hope does. I am honored to support them in any way I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and donated to this organization for several years. Unlike other charities, this is a small organization with everyone involved committed and passionate about helping bring clean water to those most in need in Niger, one of the poorest, if not the poorest, country in Africa. On top of drilling wells, 500 in 10 years, they are educating the girls and women who are freed from the odious task of obtaining water from distant sources. Clean water changes lives and I am so proud to be involved with Wells Bring Hope?

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Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE donating to this organization. My business donates 10% to three charities each month, giving each client the option to choose. Wells Bring Hope always responds in such beautiful ways. They do NOT send me letters, with envelopes, asking for more but instead, come from a place of abundance and gratitude, letting me know how my donations have made a difference in people's lives. I love this! Instead of "More More" I hear "Thank you." This organization seems to operate from love and abundance and gratitude and that is inline with my mission.
Peggy Johnson, Hope Actualized (Success Coach)

bernicebratter

Donor

Rating: 5

There is nothing as important
as bringing fresh, clean water to people who have only had water that is contaminated. It makes me feel proud to support Wells Bring Hope that uses every dollar to save lives.
Bernice Bratter

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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 one the best charitable organization out there, they truly stand by their name and doing amazing things not only to bring awareness to the scarcity of water in the most remote areas in Niger, but they are saving the lives of young women by provided them with clean water wells. Instead of the girls going out to fetch water in unsafe territories and walk miles and miles for water, they can utilize that time for their education for a better life for themselves, families and their communities. Wells Bring Hope gives them the opportunity to strive!! Sahlima

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been delighted to be a donor since 2009. I am so impressed with what they have accomplished in their first 10 years - over 500 wells for clean water! They not only drill the wells, they provide 15 years of followup with each village that receives a well. They teach the people proper sanitation and hygiene to maintain their clean water. As the girls are freed from the task of hauling water for miles each day, they can now attend school. WBH also provides microfinance training and loans to the women of the village who now have time to start businesses of their own.
As a donor, I appreciate that this organization carefully manages their funds with 100% going to the projects. The passion and commitment of the many volunteers has made this organization so successful. I look forward to supporting them for many years to come.

Rebecca B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working as a volunteer and I am extremely impressed with how well the organization is run. They have a model that many other organizations would do well to emulate. I am proud to be associated with this group

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone from a semi-desert with some experience of what it is like to live in a place where clean running water is not always guaranteed, I thank Wells Bring Hope and the many people who have contributed to this organization's goals to support villagers in Niger.

Wells Bring Hope does the important work of helping to provide access to clean and safe water to so many in Niger, assisting women through financial literacy and making it possible for more young girls to attend school rather than travel long distances to fetch water.

As a volunteer for Wells Bring Hope, I have been witness to the ways in which the organization operates with an understanding of the needs of the people in Niger and a steadfast commitment to be transparent and resilient in learning, educating others and being solution focused to reach its goals.

William H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope (WBH) fulfills a critical need for the people of Niger- clean water & microfinance training for women. Not only are communities safer with drinkable water that is safe to bathe in, they are becoming financially stronger with the empowerment that a basic financial system provides for them.

As a nonprofit, WBH is very organized, with a transparent structure, clear goals and a strong system of accountability. I'm proud to volunteer for the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is a wonderful organization, making powerful changes in the lives of those in Niger. I am so happy to be a volunteer for them. I love that they keep me actively informed on the progression and amount of wells being drilled. Keep doing good work!

Mellissa T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to actually went to Niger and film for Wells Bring Hope this past March as a documentary filmmaker. The work they've done is beyond words. I witnessed first hand how clean water can truly impact lives.

Access to clean water is more than just survival, hardship, and avoiding disease. It is about freedom, education, and opportunities they couldn’t have before. It is about breaking the vicious cycle of girls being married at fourteen. It is about the whole country’s future, because women can finally be independent and support themselves and their families

Kyle M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for WBH for over a year because I have yet to come across an organization that cares as deeply about its mission. This is a group of people who are looking to make a big change by thinking about helping those among us who are the worst off, the poorest and yet full of equal potential. What could be more powerful than saving lives with clean water? On top of that, as a new father I LOVE that this organization doesn't stop at building wells, they go the extra mile in empowering women with newfound free time to become intelligent, savvy entrepreneurs and lift the economic spirit of their villages.

Sheila56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We hear so much about non-profits with enormous overheads these days. Here's one that supports an important cause and has almost NO overhead. From the founder to the board of directors to the volunteers, everyone's focus is on the task at hand - providing clean, accessible water for the people of Niger.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the IMF’s Civic Program Advisory Committee (CPAC) from 2006 to 2012, I reviewed hundreds of requests for IMF grants submitted by 501c3s in the US. Therefore, I know well the range of nonprofits’ performances and effectiveness based on requests from 501c3s and site visits.
Since 2015, I have been supporting Wells Bring Hope because it maintains every element that I look for in supporting a nonprofit:
1. A clear mission
2. Provision of apt measurable results
a. Progress in fulfilling mission
b. Mobilizing resources
c. Effectiveness
3. Little to no waste
4. Sustainability
5. Opportunity for complimentary programs (micro-finance)
6. A committed team of volunteers
7. Reputable and reliable partners.
Thanks to Wells Bring Hope, since 2008 more than 450 wells with safe water have been built in Niger resulting in more girls going to school and women starting small businesses to support their families. In every way, this program has a positive impact on development and opportunity in Niger.
I highly recommend your supporting Wells Bring Hope today.

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!