by Kate Cusimano

On Sunday, July 14th, Wells Bring Hope founder and president Barbara Goldberg once again opened her home to the many volunteers and supporters that make this organization possible. Special thanks to Debrah Lemattre of Stretch Media for taking all of these amazing photos!

Volunteers new and old filled Barbara’s beautiful backyard – old connections were renewed and new friendships made.

Making this summer’s barbecue extra special was the fact that we were joined by Mamane Amadou, Director of Water Operations for World Vision Niger and Sam Jackson, Director of Development for World Vision.

After everyone had a chance to heap their plates with barbecued chicken and a variety of salads, Barbara began the program by announcing that Wells Bring Hope had just funded its 200th well!

Following Barbara’s announcement, Sam Jackson spoke about Barbara’s phenomenal dedication to saving lives with safe water and how thankful World Vision is for her committment. After Sam’s remarks, Wells Bring Hope’s Director of Microfinance took center stage to introduce her fellow Nigerien, Mamane Amadou.

As Director of Water Operations for World Vision Niger, Mamane was able to provide the other guests with a unique perspective on the impact of the wells that WBH drills.

Following our illustrious speakers, I had the privilege of recognizing Evelyn Wilson and Basmah Rana as our volunteers of the year. As an organization that relies heavily on volunteers, Wells Bring Hope could not function without Evelyn and Basmah acting as our volunteer managers.

Next, Barbara presented Kristina Rietz with a special founders award to recognize her contribution to the birth of Wells Bring Hope. Kristina has been a supporter since the inception of Wells Bring Hope and was integral to getting the organization off the ground.

Finally, we raffled off some Wells Bring Hope goodies from our online store.

Thanks to all who made this such a spectacular event!