I have been involved with this non-profit since 2008. I am thrilled and proud over its achievements - and can't stop sharing information about it! Unlike almost all other nonprofits, 100% of its donations go towards drilling wells. And we have drilled 450 wells, affecting almost half a million lives -- forever! Most water charities, that drill a well and leave behind a village expecting them to return and maintain the well, because they do not have a sense of ownership, we have a different model. We partner with World Vision, which uses staff only from West Africa who speak the local language (Hausa) and understand the culture. They go into a village and offer to drill a well, but only if the village 1) contributes a small amount of money and 2) creates a maintenance committee of 7 or 9 people, half or whom are women. They train the committee to maintain the well, build latrines, and generally in sanitation and hygiene. The committee is tasked with maintaining the well and educating the village in these subjects. Once this has started, we drill the well, and then ask the women if they'd like to learn microfinance. They do! So we start microfinance groups of women and hold regular meetings with them to train them in microfinance. The two together (water and microfinance) Make an incredible difference in the village! I've been there myself, talking to the women. The difference in them AND in the village itself is visible. The village is clean. The children are clean. The women are confident and proud of themselves. AND the numbers of people who get sick and die of water related diseases drops drastically. And, lastly, but very importantly, now girls are freed up to go to school! I'm sooo proud of this organization.
Wells Bring Hope (WBH) drills wells in Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world. Many groups try to help African countries by drilling wells, but many of those wells are abandoned a few years later because the local villagers don't have a sense of ownership for the well. WBH's model is unusual. We only use employees from West Africa, so they speak the local language and know the culture. Before we drill a well, we ask village to contribute some small amount money (to ensure they have a sense of ownership) and create a maintenance committee of 5-7 people, half of whom are women. We train them in hygiene, sanitation, well maintenance and latrine building. After we drill the well, we offer microfinance assistance for the women, who no longer have to spend the brunt of their time walking and carrying water. I'm so proud to be part of this organization. It is totally volunteer run, and 100% of donations go towards wells.
I volunteered as the Director of Public Relations and a member of the Advisory Board for nearly two years for this outstanding not-for-profit, Wells Bring Hope. I've never seen an organization direct a higher percentage of funds raised to the cause at hand -- virtually 100 percent! It's ran by a dedicated force of volunteers from throughout the world, all trying to bring sustainable solutions to a life-threatening lack of fresh water in the world's poorest country, Niger.
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This organization provide access to clean water and in this day and age, it's crazy that we still have people who do not have access to this basic necessity of life.
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I have had the honor to be involved with this nonprofit from it's inception. I SOO believe in providing safe water, and at the same time empowing girls to be educated. It is incredibly inexpensive to drill a well! And these wells make for changes which have a far-reaching ripple effect. When you read about the marvelous changes which occur in the villages, you can't help but want to participate! "Wells Bring Hope" has the amazing mission to use every dollar we donate to drill wells ... their operating expenses are covered by other sponsors. What more can you ask for in a nonprofit?!! Love this org!
Wells Bring Hope does the most wonderful work! Not only clean water to villages (which helps to eradicate disease and keep children healthy), but it also frees the women and girls from being "water fetchers". The way this ends up supporting women and girls, is amazing. If they do not have to walk 3 miles to fetch water for the village, they can go to school! And...we all know how important THAT is for livelihood and well being of the entire village. i MUST ADD: it is one of the few non-profits where all of the money that is donated, goes directly to drilling wells. You couldn't ask for more.
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!
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 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.