I have donated to many non-profits and I have been on several Boards. And then there’s Wells Bring Hope. Wells Bring Hope, with Barbara Goldberg at its helm, is a uniquely positive experience in the non-profit world. Its cause is worthy and its financial model - 100% of donations go to the charity - is inspirational and righteous. But it’s far more than that. Barbara and her organization exude decency, commitment, forward thinking…the list goes on. Wells Bring Hope lives its mission, taking time to enlighten its donors so that they too can feel part of something much bigger than themselves. For Wells Bring Hope, it’s not simply about soliciting a donation. It’s about understanding the why behind the donation; and that, in and of itself, is distinctive and compelling. Being in Barbara Goldberg’s orbit is as positive as it gets in a world that is too often cynical. Wells Bring Hope is not only changing the lives of the people of Niger. It’s also changing the lives of the next generation of people who are compelled to give back but aren’t sure how or where to start…youngsters who Barbara personally mentors in the youth Ambassador program. Wells Bring Hope is a way of life if you open your heart to it. Wells Bring Hope is a bright spot in a challenging world.
I have been involved with Wells Bring Hope since it's inception. The organization is truly committed to pure giving --and the integrity of it's founder, Barbara Goldberg, is unparalleled. She runs a lean machine with a 100% volunteer organization.
I was extremely moved when, in 2008, I went to Niger with Wells Bring Hope to see firsthand what having vs. not having clean water meant to the villagers in this dirt poor nation. It was devastating and gut-wrenching to see the conditions and the maladies that plagued those without water. There is just no reason anyone should have to suffer like that.
The mission of Wells Bring Hope -- putting clean water wells into impoverished villages in East Africa -- is one that I will always support. I am fortunate to be able to work with such a committed, passionate group of people. Go Wells!
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!
Wells Bring hope is one of the most well- managed and successful non-profit organizations I have ever worked. I have worked with many non-profits over the last 42years as. Professional findraiser and Board Member and this one is at the top of my list. They are truly a volunteer organization founded and operated by Barbara Goldberg as its executive. Her passion for the cause of bringing water to small villages in Niger, and work with World Vision to match funds by 5 times and help women organize in the Villages to maximize their talents in projects to employ and educate the villagers is unmatched.
I love being a volunteer for WBH. I think it's the best place to volunteer!
I joined the Wells Bring Hope volunteer team at the beginning of the year and am thankful daily that I did. Seeing the passion the team has gives me renewed hope in humanity. Everyone works incredibly hard to bring safe drinking water to the beautiful people of Niger. Their work has a lasting effect on these communities and I am honored to be a part of their team.
Wells Bring Hope is an incredible organization! What I value most about WBH is the fact that 100% of all donations go directly to a well project. When I give to Wells Bring Hope, I know that the money is going directly to those in need.
Wells Bring Hope is an extraordinary organization. Not only do they provide safe water and sanitation to the poorest region in the world but they also offer sustained support in the region helping to transform the lives of the people in NIger, West Africa.
Amazing organization! I am continually awed by the work Well Bring Hope does and I am honored to be a part of it.
As an Economics major, and someone who feels strongly about equality, I have always felt passionately about international development. Providing clean water for individuals, with no strings attached, fills one of the greatest needs the poorest people of our planet has. Wells Bring Hope takes on this role with persistence and passion, and has an incredible group of volunteers with diverse skill sets. I love knowing that the work I do changes lives in a real way!
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 have been involved with Wells Bring Hope for almost three years now, and I continue to be impressed by how much they have managed to accomplish. As a small nonprofit with only one paid employee, WBH maximizes every dollar. Combine that with the fact that 100% of all donations go directly to well projects, and you have one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits I have ever encountered.
Wells Bring Hope--does literally that--bring hope to by providing safe water wells to lives where there is little hope in the poorest country in the world--Niger. Safe water enriches lives deeply there--especially for the women and girls. This organization is centered on delivering 100% of funds raised to drill these safe water wells for the villages. The sense of urgency due to need and the passion to help is found in every aspect of supporting the fund raising efforts starting from the Founder through each Volunteer that helps make safe water a reality. I've helped Wells Bring Hope since its inception.
There is fun and joy knowing one's efforts can make such a vast difference halfway around world. Whether the efforts are invested by helping and giving of one's time contributed to do what it takes in every little aspect to raise funds--or by helping with one's donations to this worthy cause--or by doing both--at the end of the day it simply feels good. Wells Bring Hope is -- a great nonprofit.
By being a part of Wells Bring Hope I feel a completeness in my heart. At Wells Bring Hope we are digging wells in Niger, West Africa and almost instantly changing lives. By digging wells, and bringing sanitation to the villages;; newborns are surviving, children are being educated and women are having the opportunity to start small business. The mortality rate is down and the happiness rate is up. Wouldn't that make you feel good???
This is a great organization to volunteer for. They are very gracious and treat their volunteers well.
Wells Bring Hope is great! Barbara Goldberg (founder) is so incredibly passionate and sincere about her work and the work of the volunteers. I've been volunteering for a couple years now and I've never sensed a decline in the passion and drive amongst those who work with Wells Bring Hope. I attribute this to the success and sustainability of the projects funded by Wells Bring Hope. All wells are maintained and maintenance education is given to the villagers, as well as micro finance education given to the women. 100% of donations go directly to funding their projects.
Wells does great work to help the women of Niger have access to safe water. It's a very noble cause and the people involved are truly warm, compassionate, dedicated and always appreciative of everybody they meet, whether donors, volunteers or public in general.
Creating change requires leadership from the top -- a dream and passion married to practicality and an ability to inspire others. Barbara Goldberg epitomizes these traits as she has created from nothing -- the opportunity for clean accessible water to the poorest country in Africa. Her nonprofit makes a difference in the daily lives particulalry of women and children while bringing out the best in her extrordinary volunteer team. WBS is a national model and inspiration. Yes, one person can still make a difference.
Through a friend I learned that an organization called Wells Bring Hope was establishing a club at my school, UCLA. I began to look into the organization and immediately wanted to get involved in any way I could. The more I learn about and volunteer for the this organization, the more I see how absolutely wonderful WBH is. WBH does life changing work in one of the poorest countries in the world. It drills wells, bringing clean water rural villages in Niger. With almost 200 wells built WBH is dedicated to the mission that everyone should have access to clean water. I feel unbelievably blessed to be a part of this organization and plan to continue to be involved throughout college and beyond.
I am the webmaster for Wellsbringhope and I think it is a great cause.
I stumbled across Wells Bring Hope through a general volunteering opportunity search, and was instantly blown away by its cause, its message, and its approach. In all respects, WBH is a fantastic nonprofit -- I could tell immediately that volunteers gave their hearts, minds, and experience completely to the effort.
The cause is crucial and underserved -- providing safe water and sanitation practices to the poorest countries in the world is absolutely fundamental, and has the greatest ability to improve quality of life. Goodbye deadly water-borne diseases! And girls can finally go to school, instead of spending their days fetching water!
But wells are just the beginning. One of the outstanding things about WBH is that it has an entire program built around each well -- a well is great, but WBH and its partner, World Vision, provide the means and education to repair the wells, improve sanitation practices, and help women begin small business endeavors with microfinancing programs.
Moreover, it is very clear that not only does WBH wish to change lives, but to do so responsibly. Many nonprofits rush into their efforts without thinking fully about the proper way to implement their well-intentioned plans. WBH utilizes the best practices and best partners, ensuring that donation money accomplishes exactly what it is meant to, and that wells stay functional for many years to come.
For my part, I've been a volunteer with WBH for a few months now, and from the start felt like a true member of the team. Helping out never feels like work when you're part of an amazing organization -- Wells Bring Hope is exactly that.
Wells Bring Hope is such an amazing charity that functions above the majority in their passion, dedication, and transparency.
I became aware of Wells Bring Hope through a friend who volunteers for the foundation. After hearing a little bit about what they do and their dedication to not only building, but maintaining wells in Niger, the poorest country in the world, I decided I wanted to get involved as well.
The founder, Barbara Goldberg, was gracious and thorough in explaining what they do. She not only has the passion, but more importantly the foresight of what really needed to happen in order to help create a better life for the Nigerian people. That is why they not only build wells, but continue helping the villages for 15 plus years as well as give micro-loans to women so they can create productive work for themselves.
Having gone to Africa and witnessing the lack of water within villages. Ive seen how women have to walk half a day through the hot sun in order to get their daily water and how sometimes that water can kill their babies because it's so contaminated. I'm not trying to be melodramatic. I'm simply saying it's a huge problem and Wells Bring Hope can be the solution for many villages. That's why their funding is so important. Not only does 100% of their contributions go directly to building wells, but every dollar donated is matched by World Vision.
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Wells Bring Hope is a great foundation with nothing but the want/need to help the people of Niger Africa at their core!
All donations go 100% directly to drilling/installing water wells in Niger, what an impact in the 2nd poorest country in the world!
It's a fantastic organization with fantastic people at the helm!
Having access to pure water is crucially important all over the developing world. As a photojournalist, I have documented the fundamental impact pure water has---for people living with HIV/AIDs, for girls' education, for family health, and more. Already having created almost 200 wells, WELLS BRING HOPE, which was founded by passionate, visionary leaders, has already improved life immeasurably in West Africa. The organization is focused and effective. It's an honor to support them.
My decision to volunteer for Wels Bring Hope (WBH) is one of the best I've ever made in my life. Ever since its inception, WBH has continued to save lives by providing safe clean water for communities in Niger. Their cause is a noble one indeed. They not only were able to recognize the dire need for water in Niger but have arduously strived to make the living conditions of women and children better. The staff and volunteers ALL seem very dedicated to the cause. Most importantly, the founder of WBH is genuinely concerned about the plight of Niger, the second poorest country in the world. WBH is definitely a model for others to follow and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to make a difference in the lives of others.
If we can give children and women health, education, opportunity, and hope, the percussions resonate throughout the world. We no longer live in a vacuum, i.e., we are global, we are connected. Drilling wells is caring about people in need of a basic human right. My donation shows I care.
Look no further! Wells Bring Hope IS the non-profit you dream about working for as a volunteer or a paid-employee, in any capacity. Barbara Goldberg -President- is extremely inspiring, warm and welcoming. Her entire Board and staff is as spectacular. Her - our - cause is extremely important to all of us: water issues unites us all, women and children in Niger - the poorest country in the world- need desperately access to clean water to live decent lives and hope for a better future. The way Barbara and her team have structured the organization is such that the people of Niger who benefit from a sustainable well will receive the support of World Vision for 15 years and women can receive micro-loans. Come join us! You will be transformed and so will the lives of women and children in Niger.
Wells Bring Hope focuses on creating and maintaining access to safe drinking water for entire communities in Niger. This is a life saving initiative in a region of the world where basic services are lacking. Most importantly, it changes lives in a instant because women and girls are released from the task of walking long distances all day to carry home muddy water. It means that WBH's actions can have a generational impact. Consider volunteering or donating if you want to be a part of that change.
I have had the great honor of working with Wells Bring Hope for over a year now and it has been incredibly rewarding. This wonderful organization gives safe water and sanitation (along with the amazing and extremely important side effect of education for women and girls) to villagers in Niger, West Africa. The people who run Wells Bring Hope are genuinely devoted to its mission, which makes it a great organization to be a part of.
Wells Bring Hope is a wonderful organization that I've been fortunate to learn about and have volunteered for. This group of people, led by Barbara Goldberg, volunteer so much time and effort to help people gain access to clean, safe water. I can't imagine life without something so basic as access to water, and now I know there are people who are in desperate need of it. Wells Bring Hope not only drastically improves lives, they help save them.
How can one look at the faces of the women and children of Niger and not be touched by their spirit and beauty? I found myself drawn to them and moved to help them in the best way possible, by donating to Wells Bring Hope. I have learned that this organization is truly committed to assisting the communities of Niger by providing reliable sources of clean water. As a nurse experienced in medicine in the developing world, I know very well how safe drinking water can transform the health of entire communities. Secondly by freeing women to develop their talents and providing them with small business loans empowers them to provide for their families and strengthen their neighborhoods. I feel honored to share, in some small way, in their achievements.
I have been affiliated with Wells Bring Hope since its inception. It is a fantastic organization doing wonderful things for communities in Niger who have not had access to clean water. Because of the devotion of Barbara Goldberg and the many volunteers dedicated to making a difference in Niger, Wells Bring Hope has brought hope to hundreds of families, whose daughters can now go to school, and whose infants no longer die from drinking polluted water. this group has truly made a difference.
My donation to Wells Bring Hope in July 2010 provided the seed funding for a water well (and sanitation) for a village in desperate need in Niger. I am honored to be involved with Wells Bring Hope, and it is deeply gratifying to know how many lives are saved and vastly improved (especially those of women and girls) through the committed efforts and partnership between WBH and World Vision. I look forward to many years of supporting WBH, traveling to Niger to see firsthand the vital work being accomplished, and to helping the organization flourish. This is truly a wonderful and genuine group of people to be associated with.
I saw a post a while back to be a volunteer social media assistant for the organization. Since I took the position, I have learned a great deal about the misfortunes of the people of Niger and what we as people can do to help them.
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.
As a huge supporter of Wells Bring Hope (WBH), it is my pleasure to express my enormous gratitude for what this organization stands for, and has done in such a short time! First and foremost, envisioning to provide fresh drinking water as "the source of life" as different from providing housing or education; or even investing in medical research, is in and of itself, the single most effective means of saving/preserving life in the developing world. Selecting and focusing on Niger, identified as the second poorest nation in the world was also a critical decision that has successfully shown immediate & impressive results. In short, WBH from inception-to-date, has proved its mission to be noble, has clearly shown how efficaciously it is managed as a right size non-profit, and will undoubtedly continue to impressively change lives for the better.
When I first got involved with Wells Bring Hope, I was simply looking for an opportunity to get involved with an organization that focused on helping women and girls, in particular. What I found, however, was a group that changed my life. Everyone involved in Wells Bring Hope is unbelievably dedicated and passionate about bringing the critical issue of clean, safe water to a broader awareness, and helping people in desperate need. I had no idea the horrendous conditions that so many were living under, by not having clean, safe water, and as I learned, I felt more and more compelled to share my knowledge and experiences with everyone I met. Clean, safe water, reduced child mortality, lets girls get an education, reduces trachoma, and gives villagers HOPE for a better future. Safe water is not the end...it is the beginning. Wells Bring Hope is working hard for a mighty purpose, and i am incredibly proud to be a part of what they are doing.
When I decided to get involved in grant writing, I researched a number of organizations before offering my time. I chose Wells Bring Hope because it has an excellent mission, is very focused (rather than just asking for donations to "help people in need"), and because of how much goes directly to the cause. But it gets even better... due to their partnership with World Vision, a small amount of money pays off for over a decade. Longer, actually, when you consider the long-term impact on the life of a girl who can be educated and employed, rather than carry water all day.
I am so impressed by the staff of this group. They give their time, their energy, their passion, their hearts to help women and girls in Niger receive clean water. These people actually do more than talk about making a difference.
My donations to Wells Bring Hope were used to drill two wells in Niger, West Africa. It is very gratifying to know that these funds were matched and that their partner, World Vision, safe guards the investment, remaining in these villages for fifteen to twenty years. This non-profit clearly is a committed and worthy organization serving a primary human need. I’d recommend them to anyone hoping to support a water charity that serves some of the most neediest among us.
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According to the World Health Organization, "No other humanitarian intervention produces a more dramatic effect on lives than access to safe water and good sanitation."
Last year I visited Rwanda and saw, first hand, how difficult it is for people to get water when it's not piped into their houses. I wanted to help and Wells Bring Hope seemed like a great place. It's a new non-profit, only a few years old, but it's very well run. Wells Bring Hope is committed to drilling wells to bring safe water and good sanitation to rural villages in Niger, West Africa, one of the three poorest countries in the world. Our vision is to save lives with safe water.
As of September 2011, we’ve funded 65 wells. I like the fact that we work with World Vision, to match everything we raise, dollar for dollar. They also keep working with the village for 15+ years, helping to provide: continuing education on good sanitation and proper hygiene, micro-loans, drip irrigation, etc. Most importantly, all our wells are fully sustainable, villagers are shown how to maintain the well and where to get parts.
As a fund raiser with 25 years of experience, I was looking to volunteer with an organization that fits my interests, provides as much benefit as possible from donations and also has a profound impact on the lives of the neediest people in the world. Wells Bring Hope exceeded my expectations in all of those areas. I have never worked with an organization that multiplies a donation 5 times or one that invests 15+ years in services and sustainabillity. They are also very welcoming and make sure the volunteer experience is a good one. I highly recommend volunteering and donating to Wells Bring Hope.
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Working on fundraising efforts with Wells Bring Hope, I was deeply touched by the work they are doing to create permanent drinking solutions in Niger and other places within West Africa.
Wells commitment to save lives through their permanent wells is a true act of humanity, as safe water is every person's right to life and our basic necessity for survival. I am proud to support this organization and align to their "mission and vision" as custodians of the earth to share this act of humanity with the children through PALS AROUND THE WORLD project and books - instilling the ways by example people like Wells are helping the earth and its inhabitants around the world.
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This is a great organization!! They are giving the most basic essential to the human race in Niger and West Africa..Water!! Due to the efforts and funding of multiple wells from this non-profit, the people of West Africa have access to clean drinking water.. This enables young girls to be able to go to school, rather than having to trek miles and miles just to reach a decent water supply for them and their families. Everyone involved, is very driven and supported, in making this cause become a positive change for the people of West Africa.
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I'm impressed that Wells Bring Hope is staffed by such dedicated volunteers who are determined to bring clean water to the people of Niger. Time and time again, I've seen this group go above and beyond to raise money for such an impressive goal. We have big plans and won't stop until the lack of water is no longer a problem in Niger.
I am a volunteer with Wells Bring Hope. Wells Bring Hope is committed to drilling wells with World Vision to bring safe water, proper sanitation and hygiene training, and micro loans to the countries in West Africa. Wells Bring Hope and their supports continue to work with these villages for 15-20 years after the wells are drilled. Water is an essential component of life, which people take for granted every day that live in a modern civilization with clean piped in water and piped sanitation system. The people in West Africa must struggle each day trying to find their source of water to sustain themselves and their families and never knowing whether the water they find is contaminated. Contaminated water kills the weakest and the youngest members in these countries due to lack of resistance to these water borne diseases. Wells Bring Hope is a unique nonprofit organization where the whole organization is run by volunteers. The organization was founded by Barbara Goldberg, who has gathered a dedicated team of volunteers committed to this cause of bring safe water and support to these villages in West Africa. I feel honored to be part of this team of volunteers and to work with Ms. Goldberg and the Board of Directors of Wells Bring Hope to improve the lives of the people in West Africa.
My name is Pete Brach and have been a volunteer for Wells Bring Hope since June of 2010. I was deeply touched by their video and level of commitment to improve the lives of villagers in West Africa. I am very impressed with our President's commitment to assure that 100% of donations go toward drilling wells. Barbara Goldberg is truly a caring and passionate person and a continued inspiration to those who know her.
I've been involved with Wells Bring Hope (WBH) for over a year now, and it has been a very rewarding experience in every way. WBH mission is to save lives by providing safe, drinking water to people who are deprived of this elementary necessity - people of Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world. Access to water is a big issue there, especially in rural areas where 70% of people don't have it. Our organization raises money to drill wells in Niger; it already drilled 65 wells that provide water to 45,000 people! The organization is 100% based on volunteers, and it's nevertheless very well structured and efficiently run. Initially, I was writing blog entries for its website, now I started to research grants opportunities which I have a great interest in. Not only I can feel that my work really makes a difference in people's lives, but I also learn a great deal about nonprofit sector and meet a lot of wonderful people, like Barbara Goldberg, WBH's founder and president, Gil Garcetti whose amazing photos from Niger provided an inspiration to start the organization, and many other fellow-volunteers. For some of us (like me) this is the first nonprofit volunteering experience and I couldn't do it without the support and guidance from more experienced members. We have training sessions on various topics like grant writing that have been very valuable, and there is always someone to ask questions or run ideas through. Everybody is very nice and helpful, and the overall atmosphere is of learning and fun. What is also very important to me is the fact that Wells Bring Hope involvement in Niger is more complex than just drilling wells. World Vision, which is our organization's partner, continue to work with a village where the well was drilled for 15+ years, providing other health and hygiene related services and giving micro-loans to women, so they can start their own businesses. They deserve it, because they are those who are affected the most by the lack of safe water. Women walk miles every day to fetch water that is often badly contaminated, kills little children, and causes diseases. But these women have no choice because it's either this or no water at all. Girls usually help their mothers with water fetching, so they cannot go to school. Illiteracy rates are skyrocketing, and the cycle of poverty spins its wheels. This whole picture is changed forever, when a borehole is drilled in a village. Seeing happiness on villagers' faces after they got their own source of easily accessible and SAFE water for themselves and generations to come is something words cannot describe. I can only say that I feel honored to be a part of this great cause, and look forward to continue my work with WBH.
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