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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