by Andi Claman
In my community, there are many opportunities to get involved. So why did I choose to dedicate my time to Wells Bring Hope?
At Chadwick High School, we call our Club Fair “Clubaganza.” It consists of dozens of tables decorated with posters and baked goods lined up along our main lawn, each one promoting a different club. I remember wandering through Clubaganza and stumbling upon Wells Bring Hope’s booth. It caught my attention for a variety of reasons. It wasn’t the baked goods that lured me in, but the cause. I’ve been involved with the club for a few years now, and am proud to say that now I’m the one behind that same table at Clubaganza relaying the message of WBH in an effort to recruit new members.
Andi Claman and another club member volunteering at WBH fundraiser
The first thing that came to mind when I learned about Wells Bring Hope’s efforts is how universal the need for safe water is. Everyone in the world needs clean, safe water to survive. This simple, basic need is something that all human beings have in common. In a world filled with countless unfair stereotypes, natural disasters and tragic warfare, something as simple as water has the power to unite us.
In addition to all the good Wells Bring Hope accomplishes by drilling wells, the organization also empowers women through its microfinance education program. Wells Bring Hope establishes these programs in every village where a well is drilled. This life-changing program teaches women crucial business skills. Many of the women involved in the program already possess a marketable skill that they are then able to profit from, and after a few months in the program, each woman can launch a small business. Clearly, Wells Bring Hope goes above and beyond with this transformative program.
Women selling homemade goods at market
Wells Bring Hope ensures that each well drilled is sustainable and will remain functioning. Wells Bring Hope works with every village for fifteen or more years after a well has been drilled to aid in the economic recovery of the village. Monthly visits ensure that the well is effectively serving its purpose, and well maintenance is taught to a committee where at least half of its members are women. The committee is then equipped with the information and tools necessary to handle any malfunctions that may occur.
Wells Bring Hope is unlike any other organization. It goes above and beyond in its efforts, allowing it to make a significant impact in any communities it enters. I hope you consider helping Wells Bring Hope to make an impact in many more communities in Niger.