The water needs are great and providing access to clean water may look different in each country. We choose to invest the monies raised into global servants that are trustworthy and accountable to accomplish the work. These investments may be used as a gift of water filters to families and to African Bible school graduates returning to their village home, a shallow well near a dry lake bed, a deep well near a refugee camp, or a well for an orphanage or school. As God directs, the need is presented and funds are available, we just do it.
There are many desperate areas of Africa and the world waiting to have a sustainable source of safe water in their community. Our partners receive many requests for wells. There is more need than funds available. We are deeply moved by the need and would love to give a well to everyone. However, there are multiple solutions that provide a source of clean water and meet the need for safe water.
Deep borehole wells -Average cost $12,000: Africa Oasis makes the selection of country and location for deep wells based on most desperate need for water.
Water filters and buckets – cost $30 each: Our goal is to fund the distribution of water filters the Africa Oasis/Africa AG Care gives to families living in remote communities across multiple countries of Africa. These families may never have a well in their village, but the water filter bucket will provide a way to have safe water no matter the source or where they find water.
Shallow Wells in East Africa – Cost $450: Our goal is to sponsor as many wells as possible for each well digging season with Marion Medical Missions Shallow Well Program.
Friends of Wells of Hope International have funded 557 wells, 1,414 water filter buckets, three large water tank filtration systems and six water catchment systems serving 108,538 people in 16 countries since beginning in 2008. This miracle of safe water is flowing 24/7 for the thirsty in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo and Zambia. For this we are grateful.
Deep wells are placed among the most desperate communities where water is difficult to reach. This requires heavy truck mounted equipment that must penetrate rock to access water hundreds of feet below the surface. It requires a non-electrical hand pump that’s appropriate for women and children to use. A professional assessment is often required to decide on the well location. The well may serve hundreds in the community. These wells are often placed and maintained by a church.
Shallow well projects directly impact the African people and stress cost effectiveness, self-help, sustainable development and appropriate technology. The wells are hand dug in areas where there is a high water table targeting the countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Building the well is a partnership with the village for digging the well and making the bricks to line the well. The pump is made in country and the well is surrounded by a concrete apron for protection. The location is usually decided by community elders and leaders. The wells are maintained by designated workers who are compensated by the village for needed parts and repair.
These water filters clean water from any source eliminating up to 99.99% of all water borne diseases, harmful bacteria and protozoa including Cholera, Typhoid, E. Coli and Dysentery.
For a cost of only $30, the filter is a convenient tool for schools, families and individuals to have instant access to safe water. These filters are attached to a bucket with gravity as the only source of energy needed to operate. If properly maintained, each filter provides up to 250 gallons a day of safe water for several families and will last for decades. The filters are economical and an effective solution to provide access to clean water.
Add this project to your bucket list. How many families will you help to have clean water?