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.
There are so many charities out there with convincing mission statements and important goals that it can be very difficult to choose which ones to support. When I found Wells Bring Hope, I knew at once that this is a charity that I will support long-term. The fact that 100% of donations go directly to drilling wells is great, but is even more impressive is that every donor dollar is multiplied five times through Wells Bring Hope's partnership with World Vision. The life-changing work that Wells Bring Hope does combined with the fact that my donation goes five times as far as it would anywhere else sealed the deal for me. I will be a life-long supporter of this inspiring organization!
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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