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Fountains of Hope International, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: Our mission is to serve God by providing safe, life-giving water to people in need. The vision of Fountains of Hope is to empower and equip the body of Christ to provide life-sustaining water for all of God’s children. We will expand this vision by continuing to build relationships with churches, other like-minded ministries and organizations.

Results: Fountains of Hope has installed over 50 water purifier systems in Haiti helping those most affected by the Jan. 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreaks. We installed 15 purifier systems in Kenya helping during the post-election violence, in HIV/AIDs orphanges and the IDP camps near the Somalian border. Two wells were installed in Haiti and five wells installed in Zimbabwe. We hosted our first health and hygiene conference this summer and will be training people in future events.

Target demographics: Our targeted demographics are helping widows and orphans and those afflicted by disasters around the world. We are primarily working in Haiti to help eliminate the cholera outbreaks that are still heavily impacting the country (in spite of it not being on the US news!)

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have had over 20 water purifier systems installed in Haiti this year and 5 systems installed in Kenya. Other organizations use our system and are installing them in other countries.

Geographic areas served: Haiti, Africa, India, South America, Central America, Asia.

Programs: FoH is committed to the installation, integration and teaching of safe water solutions for the poorest and most marginalized via water purification, well drilling and health and hygiene education.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Fountains of Hope to install purification systems in Haiti and Nepal after their earthquakes. This being said, FoH is known for more than just leaving purifiers at sites and leaving. Each site is chosen to be central to a large group of people in need; such as a hospital, orphanage, school, or church. Their purifiers use a tablespoon of salt to separate the molecules Sodium from Chloride using electrolysis. The chlorine can be used to purify large amounts of water at once, depending on the need of the community. In both of my trips, fifty-gallon tanks are used to maximize the amount of water available, and the purifier itself is very lightweight and mobile in order to cleanse multiple tanks at once. After installation of these tanks, leaders in the community or facility where the purifier is installed are trained extensively on knowledge to operate and maintain the devices in order to give them self-sufficiency and autonomy until the next time FoH can visit the country.Volunteers themselves are encouraged to bring in and implement their own knowledge and skill sets in order to give more to those who have been impacted by disaster or poverty. While I've been on these two trips, I have had the opportunity (as an EMT who has studied physical medicine and mental health all my life) to give Health and Hygiene presentations to the people of Haiti and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder identification and treatment training to the people of Nepal immediately following their earthquake. FoH has used their reach to touch thousands of lives already and makes the experience personal for everyone involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on my first FOH team recently in Kenya and was amazed at the difference relatively little investment and time can make to a community lacking clean water. We installed two systems in rural schools and one in Nairobi. Not only will the schools benefit but the communities in the surrounding areas will also have access to water that does not carry cholera, typhoid, etc. bacteria. Great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Fountains of Hope installing a water filtration system in our sister parish in Haiti. I can say this organization is well lead, efficient, and truly lives its Christian mission. From its indefatigable leader, to all the passing community members that are involved from trip to trip, you can count on Fountains of Hope bring hope through safe water!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern for Fountains of Hope this summer and it has been an amazing experience so far! I have loved being able to organize events and works on projects that help me grow as a person and also meet new people. I am interning with a friend and it has made my summer 10 times better and more fun! Fountains of Hope is such an impactful organization that helps so many people in need but has also impacted my life in just a few weeks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started interning with Fountains of Hope a few weeks ago, and the impact it has had on me has already been incredible. In just a few short weeks, I've already witnessed the amount of work and love that goes into changing lives here and have had the pleasure of experiencing all the selfless effort that is constantly shown in this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We compeleted therapy evaluations and came up with sustainable treatment plans for the special needs children in two different orphanages. As occupational therapy students, this has been an excellent learning experience. I have had an amazing time working with the children and learning more about the culture in Haiti.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our ISU occupational therapy group of 7 was able to travel with Fountains of Hope to Port Au Prince, Haiti to help provide therapy to disabled children in 2 orphanages. FOH allowed us to commute between the orphanages, as well as explore the culture and community here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My therapy team partnered with FOH to serve children with disabilities at orphanages in Port Au Prince. We were able to combine our skills to build, adapt wheelchairs, and create therapy and educational plans for a new school. FOH founder Bill was an amazing addition to our team to help us navigate the life in Haiti!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lifeline organization is really awesome. After coming here as a Christian yet with a non-Christian school, it was awesome seeing the impact in my groups lives as we impact the Haitian Lives around us.
I loved being able to meet, hug, and hold the hands of the children that were here. Even if you didn't know their name, they still treated you as a close Family Relative. I would definitely suggest this organization to a youth group, church, or even a school that is looking to make a difference. I loved my experience, and I am hoping to come back soon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling to Haiti was THE best service that I have done so far. This trip made me realize that I need to do more hands on volunteer. Along with service I had tons of fun! Fountains of hope does an amazing job at being supportive, caring, helpful, and giving, not only for the community, but for those that come and help. We are told what and how to do everything and every little thing that we did made a change. We had AMAZING hosts, food, and transportation. Completely worth it and would totally come again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never forget this once in a life time experience I had a blast. The people in Haiti are just so nice and have a big heart and love to help. I never felt so happy in life being here I enjoy being here this one week My group is the best I love them so much and we shared so many memories we wont forget. I love this place. I Love the food.I love the staff.I love everything. It kills my heart to see these kids with no shoes or no underwear. I hate the fact that I cant do much to impact them. I feel the change. I feel the differnce in the world. I cant imgine leaving here because I love this place so much its my home. My group is my family. I love haiti and i will miss it. I pray all the people will be safe and healthy. I will try to come back because i really do want to come back.#Haiti#trip#all#the#way#fountainsofhope

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Going to Haiti was going to be an interesting experience no matter what, but going along with Fountains of Hope made the adventure life-altering for both me and the kids I got super close with. The food? delicious. The housing? far exceeded my worries. I would most definitely return as the joy that comes from this is uncomparable to anything I have ever done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experiemce was a once in a life time experince. I got really close with the people who came with me, even though some pranked us. I got to get close to the children and see through their eyes. People always see pictures of Haiti on T.V and the news, but experiencing it first hand opens your eyes and really makes you think "OMG this is real". The people in Haiti really need help. Unlike the homeless people in the US, the homless people in the US the people in Haiti do not have homeless shelters if they have nothing they have nothng. What my group and I did was install a water purification system in an orphanage that will give the people in the village thousands of gallons of pure water for years to come. My group and I accomplished more than we thought we could. I learned how to use cool tools and I also got to get inside the water purifier. The experience that I got in Haiti was a unique and awesome experience that I got to make with awesome people. I know that I will never forget this tripand niether will the people that we helped.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experience is impossible for me to forget. There was so much that the group accomplished. The mission of Fountains of Hope was to install a water purifuication system, and eventhough we did not complete all steps, we managed to do a lot. The people in Haiti, especially the children, are one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. When we arrived at Mission Lifeline they took us like part of their family. It was fantastic. Bill and everyone involved here, today and tomorrow, are going to make life changing projects and they keep impacting Haiti in a positive way and make this beautiful country come out from its darkness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a fantastic experience to be able to join Fountains of Hope to one of their missions to instal a water purification system. It was a pleasure to join the mission with so many wonderful people. As an individual, I enjoyed making a trip to Haiti and being able to give many people hope and joy that will,hopefully, last for many years. If I had the option to make the same trip, I would. Fountains of Hope gives the opportunity to help others and have fun while doing it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I felt like I was running out of ideas on where/how to volunteer, when this opportunity came up. This service was one that I will definitely remember for the rest of my life. I came on this trip, not really knowing how things would happen, or what exactly would happen. However, once I got here it seemed like everything fell into place. Installing the water purification system was challenging at first because of certain tasks, but aside from that everything went well. Fountains of Hope made this trip to Haiti possible, and I really thank Bill Farrar for this. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One word for this trip is WOW! Fountains of hope is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I will remember this place because this was my first out of the country trip, I got to help/build, and I had a chance to be with a great leader ( Bill Farrar). With Bill he really was a good leader and he really made this trip great. I could not have asked for a better trip. With Bill he taught me so much in just one week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fountains of Hope really changed my perspective on what a glass of water means. Bill Farrar, our team leader helped us set up a 1000 gallon water tank on a roof , something that will help the people of the village for years to come. FoH has been an awesome experience and I really learned a lot through helping the people of Haiti and it changed my idea of the word "help".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been the most amazing experience of my life by far it is life changing it changes your life in so many ways it makes you think about what you got back at home and you might complain about the things you have, I have always thankful about what I have back at home but this trip made me want to show more on how I can be thankful about what I have this trip really makes me want to help my mother as best as I can because she this everything she can to give me all the things I need and she struggles so much to that, it made me more determine to be a nurse and to be a nurse not just in Chicago but places in need of medical care like Haiti because the children here need it you see children who have really bad wounds and they are really infected and they ask me look and it really hurts it hurts so much because I could not help them in that moment but I know I can in the future by becoming a nurse. This trip has change me it is and will be the best experience of my life it is life changing.

Alora

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began interning at Fountains of Hope and I am so glad that I did!

Bill Farrar is a wonderful and engaging individual with tremendous passion for the ministry of serving God's people across the globe. He certainly implements fulfilling "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven"! This ministry that God gave to Bill is an astounding creation--to meet the most basic needs of the poor is valuable indeed, but to stop and show compassion and understand that their parched hearts need nourishment is truly priceless.

Bill has a kind heart overflowing with God's love toward everyone that he meets, and with a twinkle in his eye and a big smile on his face, it is easy to see how God uses him to bring more than safe water to those who need it. He is a vessel for Christ's Living Water, too, and watching Bill at his work in Fountains of Hope, one can never forget it.

The chlorination system that cheaply purifies 55 gallons of water in a matter of minutes (!) is impressive to be sure, but the FoH stewards joining in alongside in relationship with the people even after returning to the States makes this even more a worthwhile ministry to be a part of.

I look forward to being a servant alongside Bill and Fountains of Hope into the future.

~ Alora