W.A.T.E.R! for Wells


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W.A.T.E.R! – Wells


W.A.T.E.R! – Gifts That Keep on Living – Wells
Price: $300.00


For the last several years, clean water for everyone has become our main priority directing our energy to the 2,500 people we serve through Nhimbe and Jangano.  Although toilet, huts, and fuel-efficient stoves are all very important components influencing the health of villagers, clean water has the largest impact on all activities of all members of the family.  If a family doesn’t have a ‘good’ well they have a hole in the ground to retrieve water to drink, wash and irrigate.


The Importance of Water in Daily Life

Think about all the ways good, clean and accessible water can change one’s life:

  • Drinking pure water affects our health.  Pulling it up with a bucket is the least expensive approach to providing residents of the households with a consistent supply.

  • Washing a wound with clean water is a far superior method of first aid.

  • Water that doesn’t require boiling to purify means that less wood is being used thereby reducing the impact on a depleting supply of fuel wood.

  • SODIS is a wonderful method of sterilizing water with sun (see www.sodis.ch), but many days there is cloud cover preventing adequate purification.  It has been a highly successful program for us to use as a transition to being able to build wells for everyone.

  • A ‘good’ well has a cover that prevents rain water from washing dirt, composting debris and other infectious bacteria into the well.

  • When a well is dug for the family it normally will be deep enough to provide irrigation water for the growing season.  This is contrasted to the water depth availability that a hand dug well can provide.

  • When women wash clothes with water from a hand dug well it will often be so high in particulate matter that the clothes can’t come clean.  Often women are trying to wash clothes with out soap due to economic hardships, so using dirty water certainly adds further burden to the daily chores.

  • The same applies to washing dishes: the most sanitary approach includes using clean water, helping to reduce the spread of water borne disease.


Historical Context for Ancient Ways Well Building

We have built over 50 wells for residents. Our current (2010) survey indicates that 103 families in Nhimbe for Progress and Jangano have wells that have collapsed due to  inclement weather.  The survey also says that  7 out of 100 people have access to a well with pure water at home.  The remaining 93 people use a hole in the ground.

During 2010 we began a program of teaching the older boys who had graduated from our Youth Well Being Program how to build wells.  Under the guidance of experienced builders these boys who were becoming young men learned the basics of well building.  Not only were they thrilled to have employment and some way to contribute to their community, but also the builders were grateful for the young and inspired energy.  This is a major innovation for the sustainability of many programs.  Not only does it provide a career direction for the young men but it also creates a way to give back to those who have helped them grow up and helps their elders, the builders.



Contributing to building a family a well has an enormous affect on many lives – the well is used by the extended family which includes many relatives who may live at the home, and lasts for generations.

Please indicate here how many wells you would be able to build or otherwise contribute to well building.  Our goal is to send you a picture of the well your money has built.  Your name is painted on their well and every day when they draw their water, they are reminded that someone in America cares!