We Create Opportunity – NOT Dependency
Up to 85% of donated wells end up derelict. Our model is very different. We create local ownership, economic incentives, and accountability which keeps the wells operational. It is vital that our work be sustainable. These new water systems are then maintained and operated by local people long after we are gone. In short, if the water well improves life and is economically viable, then the community will make sure the water stays flowing.
We are committed to install water points in the most impoverished areas of the world. This year, our main focus is scaling our community funded model in rural villages of Kenya and Uganda where we will partner will rural communities to place economical and sustainable water wells at local grade schools and orphanages. Using our patented Village Drill, trained teams on the ground work with these communities to determine local water needs and viable drilling sites. Families in the area commit to raising a substantial portion of the total cost as the first step toward well ownership. WHOlives donors and supporters can subsidize the other costs associated with each well, allowing us to install new water points each month! Your support will help cover the costs of the drilling team and required materials (casing, cement pad, water pump, etc.) Training is provided so that villages understand how to maintain the well for generations to come. This initiative is a proven solution that leads to increased education for girls, improved health and sanitation, and greater opportunities for development.
The Village Drill – The Gift that Keeps on Giving
We are determined to bring clean water to areas that suffer with scarce and contaminated water issues all around the world. No one should ever have to drink polluted water knowing that it will lead to disease and eventual death. Your support could help purchase a patented Village Drill for a local drill team across Africa, Asia, or Latin America. This specific team will then be trained on proper use and maintenance of the Village Drill, plus standard business practices. With a Village Drill team in place and a business model in practice, many more communities will receive clean water wells year after year, leading to long-term development and lasting change.
The developing world is littered with broken pumps and contaminated wells installed by well-meaning organizations and individuals. In the traditional (but flawed) system, pumps and wells are often given freely to communities in need. But if a pump breaks, with no sense of ownership or knowledge of maintenance, no one will fix it. However, in our model, ownership and economic viability is established so maintenance and access to clean water is continuous.
Creating New Business
Using the innovative technology of the Village Drill, we are able to drill a borehole for a fraction of the cost of the traditional big rig method. This means we can develop and train local entrepreneurs to establish low cost drilling teams which provide good paying jobs for local laborers while at the same time greatly lowering the cost for a community to have access to their own deep well.