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Wells Bring Hope

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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sharon2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love donating my time and money to this nonprofit. It's a local group of women who started it and we raise money to drill wells in Niger, When a village gets a well, the women and girls have no need to walk for 4-5 hours a day in search of water than we would not even water our gardens with. But, the best part, is that the girls can now go to school and the women get into micro-loan businesses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aside, of course, to bringing safe water to those in Niger than would otherwise have to scrounge for water that none of us would begin to drink, girls can go to school. Because, they do not have to spend their days along side their mothers, walking in order to find water, they can use their time to attend school. This can only benefit themselves, their families, their community and county. And the water is there. They just cannot access it without our help, raising money and drilling wells.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been and advisor and donor to Wells Bring Hope since 2010. The organization brings clean water to Niger to save lives and improve prospects for some of the poorest people in the world. Through their travels to Niger, Barbara and her team have been able to witness and communicate the real difference that donors can make, particularly to the lives of women and children. I provide strategic advice and volunteer support to the organization and have been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of long term volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first learned about Wells Bring Hope, my heart was broken to find out how young girs lives were completely limited by contaminated water. Then I saw what Wells Bring Hope did and was doing. I was so inspired by the transformation of these communities, of the opportunities that clean water brought to young girls (they could go to school), their mothers (they started small businesses through micro loans) and the men learned agriculture. It made life truly possible and joyful. Simple water was like a magic elixer. I have been volunteering for them ever since.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Few charities focus their efforts in such an important cause as providing clean water to the women of Niger. In line with International Human Rights goals and obligations, and in particular with the UN Convention to end all forms of Discrimination against Women, Wells Bring Hope efforts underscore that addressing basic needs is truly the most impact-worthy and everlasting game-changer in any community. This organization's founders and staff are truly committed and understand that women are key to the welfare of many, and that providing assistance and opportunities to women is the best way to improve the lives of a whole community. Please don't miss the opportunity to support their efforts!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Wells Bring Hope has been a wonderful experience. The organization is full of kind, hard working individuals who are motivated towards a common goal in making meaningful changes to bring clean water to Niger. It has been a privilege to work with them.

2 Linda389

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization started as the vision of one powerful, visionary woman, Barbara Goldberg. Thru her organizations massive efforts they have provided over 360 wells to rural villages in West Niger. In addition to the obvious health benefits to the villagers, these wells have allowed thousands of girls, who previously spent their days hauling water from far away wells to their villages, to attend schools and to avoid the potential dangers of rape and slavery from being out alone in the fields every day. The women of the villages can now spend their days productively earning income to support their families. And every dollar donated goes right into the drilling of these wells. An outstanding vision come true.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.



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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to have stumbled across Wells Bring Hope. What drew me into the organization was its mission to help communities in Niger through drilling wells, and giving the gift of water. It is rare to find an organization where 100% of donations go to drilling wells.

I decided last year to volunteer with them and I plan to, for many years to come. The volunteers at WBH are genuinely concerned for the cause and share my passion for help. It is so great to volunteer with such like-minded people and see how much each person cares for the project. Through my work with WBH I feel as though I contribute something of value to the organization as well as the cause.

3 Norma12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer for WBH. I think it's the best place to volunteer!

2 Gr8tfulDayz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

8 Jane75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6 Mattie Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! I am continually awed by the work Well Bring Hope does and I am honored to be a part of it.

5 Helen28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Maryann R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 AnnF

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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???