How We Work

STEP 1

BUILD LATRINES

Once the site of a well has been determined, the education process begins. We assist the villagers in building latrines, and we teach the importance of using them to end the practice of open defecation which contaminates groundwater.

STEP 2

DRILL THE WELL

As drilling begins, the village gathers to watch as a heavy-duty drilling machine operated by skilled water engineers bores deep into the earth to tap the plentiful aquifers 250-300 feet below ground. The drilling takes 3-4 days.

STEP 3

TEACH WELL MAINTENANCE

Before the well is drilled, a committee, which must be 50% female, is established to monitor and maintain it. The committee members are taught how to handle malfunctions that may occur and where to obtain new parts. A maintenance fund is also established, and everyone in the village contributes a small amount of money, which creates a feeling of “ownership.”

STEP 4

TEACH HYGIENE

Once the well is drilled, we begin the critical process of educating the villagers on good hygiene practices. We demonstrate how to keep water utensils clean and protect the water from contamination. We show mothers how to keep the faces of children clean to prevent trachoma. We stress the importance of hand washing and encourage them to use the hand-washing stations provided in or near their school.

STEP 5

DRIP FARMING INSTRUCTION

We teach drip farming and show the villagers how to use grey water to grow gardens that supplement their nutrition. With the increasing frequency of famines due to climate change, these gardens help prevent death from starvation.

STEP 6

MICROFINANCE TRAINING

We provide women with microfinance training and assist them in becoming mini-entrepreneurs.

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WE DON’T JUST DRILL A WELL AND LEAVE

A well is just the entry point – long-term sustainability requires education and ongoing support. It is not easy to get people to adopt new ways of living their daily lives. The health practices that we are trying to instill challenge generations of ingrained habits. With monthly visits, we maintain a presence in each village for 15 years in order to ensure that the new practices we have taught become ingrained in daily behavior.

Contact

E: kate@wellsbringhope.org

P: 802.233.6254

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