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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the IMF’s Civic Program Advisory Committee (CPAC) from 2006 to 2012, I reviewed hundreds of requests for IMF grants submitted by 501c3s in the US. Therefore, I know well the range of nonprofits’ performances and effectiveness based on requests from 501c3s and site visits.
Since 2015, I have been supporting Wells Bring Hope because it maintains every element that I look for in supporting a nonprofit:
1. A clear mission
2. Provision of apt measurable results
a. Progress in fulfilling mission
b. Mobilizing resources
c. Effectiveness
3. Little to no waste
4. Sustainability
5. Opportunity for complimentary programs (micro-finance)
6. A committed team of volunteers
7. Reputable and reliable partners.
Thanks to Wells Bring Hope, since 2008 more than 450 wells with safe water have been built in Niger resulting in more girls going to school and women starting small businesses to support their families. In every way, this program has a positive impact on development and opportunity in Niger.
I highly recommend your supporting Wells Bring Hope today.

Donor

Rating: 5

The positive ramifications of a village well, on the life of women and girls is significant . With a village well, the girls don't have to fear rape during a walk of miles to get fresh water. They can go to school and get an education. Wells Bring Hope gives the gift of fresh water to an entire village in Niger, one of the poorest countries in Africa. This is a non profit with a proven record of success. I feel that I have made a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

I know the founder and board members of this organization. This charity is run completely by volunteers and has the lowest expenses of any charity I support. When I make my annual gift to Wells Bring Hope, I know that almost every dollar that I donate will go toward digging another well for the women, the girls and the villages in desperate need of a basic human condition...the need for clean water for good health. The burden of obtaining and carrying water falls upon the women and girls. A well allows the freedom for the girls to go to school and make a better life for themselves. And the microloans from this charity help the women to make a better life for their families.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Wells Bring Hope since its inception. I chose it, because I knew it was a lifesaving project for all villagers who were fortunate enough to receive a well. For me,one of the most important aspects of the organization is the impact of wells on the lives of women and girls. One well gives them the opportunity to have a life that is more than walking miles everyday to get the only water available--dirty water. There is much to be said about the leadership of Wells Bring Hope. They are fiscally responsible and have successfully funded 440 wells that are fully sustainable. I know that my donations will go far and that is why I have increased them every year.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is an organization dedication to bringing water wells to villages in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world and where women must spend the better part of each day walking miles and miles just getting water for their families. I have seen a lot of non profit organizations and even more volunteers of NPOs and I have never seen such dedication to helping impoverished women in such a poor part of the world. The volunteers in this group are so dedicated that believe it or not they may even risk danger to themselves to makes their goals happen. I don't contribute to the "big" charities but this one is on top of my list.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are honored to contribute to any efforts where Ida Harding’s amazing volunteer skills & wisdom utilized.

I do remember during my childhood Summer days (in India at my grand fathers home) we used to walks miles to gather drinking water (due to deforestation draught). I have seen during MBA days in Anantapur how the place was transformed by the well's by Satya Sai Baba - even if I am not a believer, I admire his philanthropy to give drinking water to millions. I have seen in Cambodia (deforestation) and Africa how people suffer from lack of water).

Now I am living in a place, which is the #1 fresh water reserve (Memphis, TN) in North America. I had the privilege to explore off beaten paths of Florida in past year - I have seen finest springs and lakes are filled with poisonous Algae from man made contamination (mostly lawn pesticides & fertilizer). I had been to around two dozen countries and noticed how precious and undervalued water is.

Sadly we in the WEST, take WATER granted. But many places people are fighting for their survival and many wars are fought for water (not just in movies).

Thank you Ida for your amazing efforts.Keep it up.
Saji

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

The volunteers working with Wells Bring Hope never cease to amaze me. They place helping others ahead of their personal health and safety. They are truly making a difference to the women and children in Africa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization as a volunteer for several years and was initially drawn to them by the financial model they offer. 100% of every dollar donated to WBH goes to drilling wells as the modest administrative expenses that WBH has is paid thru a grant from a corporation. I had never heard of a model like this so I knew my money would get to the cause. And what a cause! Nothing changes the lives of people like clean water does and in the poorest country in the world, Niger, in West Africa. This organization will keep getting my donation, year after year. Wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about this nonprofit several years ago from a good friend. Was impressed and awed by the mission and the work that they were doing in Niger, the poorest country in the world. I also was surprised to learn that 100% of one's donation goes directly to building wells, that none of the money donated is used for the nonprofit's expenses. This is a very rare model! Wells Bring Hope is mostly a volunteer organization with just one paid staff person. They are transforming thousands of lives every year that they continue their work.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Creating change requires leadership from the top -- a dream and passion married to practicality and an ability to inspire others. Barbara Goldberg epitomizes these traits as she has created from nothing -- the opportunity for clean accessible water to the poorest country in Africa. Her nonprofit makes a difference in the daily lives particulalry of women and children while bringing out the best in her extrordinary volunteer team. WBS is a national model and inspiration. Yes, one person can still make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wells Bring Hope is a great foundation with nothing but the want/need to help the people of Niger Africa at their core!
All donations go 100% directly to drilling/installing water wells in Niger, what an impact in the 2nd poorest country in the world!
It's a fantastic organization with fantastic people at the helm!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having access to pure water is crucially important all over the developing world. As a photojournalist, I have documented the fundamental impact pure water has---for people living with HIV/AIDs, for girls' education, for family health, and more. Already having created almost 200 wells, WELLS BRING HOPE, which was founded by passionate, visionary leaders, has already improved life immeasurably in West Africa. The organization is focused and effective. It's an honor to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

How can one look at the faces of the women and children of Niger and not be touched by their spirit and beauty? I found myself drawn to them and moved to help them in the best way possible, by donating to Wells Bring Hope. I have learned that this organization is truly committed to assisting the communities of Niger by providing reliable sources of clean water. As a nurse experienced in medicine in the developing world, I know very well how safe drinking water can transform the health of entire communities. Secondly by freeing women to develop their talents and providing them with small business loans empowers them to provide for their families and strengthen their neighborhoods. I feel honored to share, in some small way, in their achievements.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My donation to Wells Bring Hope in July 2010 provided the seed funding for a water well (and sanitation) for a village in desperate need in Niger. I am honored to be involved with Wells Bring Hope, and it is deeply gratifying to know how many lives are saved and vastly improved (especially those of women and girls) through the committed efforts and partnership between WBH and World Vision. I look forward to many years of supporting WBH, traveling to Niger to see firsthand the vital work being accomplished, and to helping the organization flourish. This is truly a wonderful and genuine group of people to be associated with.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar