Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls

by Wells Bring Hope
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Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Drill Wells to Save Lives & Empower Women & Girls
Forage de Achada
Forage de Achada

The ongoing pandemic and terror threats in Niger continue to present obstacles to our partner on the ground. Some regions of the country have become too high-risk for our water engineers to safely operate, so drilling plans have had to be adjusted. The good news is that, despite all of these challenges, drilling has not stopped. In fact, we have been able to reach some smaller villages that are best served by hand pump wells due to their smaller populations. So far this year, we have funded seven wells, which will transform the lives of roughly 3,500 people.

Attached, you can see a few photos of some of the some of the wells that you have helped to make possible.

Forage de Dan Bagare
Forage de Dan Bagare
Forage de Garin Kapini
Forage de Garin Kapini
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Bindjo Koira
Bindjo Koira

Together, we made the best of another challenging year because you understood the critical nature of our work. At a time when safe water is more important than ever, we are so grateful for your support!

In 2021, with your help, we drilled 57 wells in rural villages in Niger. Of those, 33 were the traditional hand pump wells, and 24 were taps that are part of a larger, solar-powered mechanized water system. 

Each of those water points saved lives, enabled girls to go to school and freed women to pursue income-generating work to help support their families, and with your support, we will continue to deliver the life-saving gift of safe water to many more villages in Niger in 2022!

We have not yet received reports on the taps that we funded in the last quarter of 2022, so attached are a few more of the hand pump wells that we drilled earlier in the year.

Medersa
Medersa
Seno Ouro Sido
Seno Ouro Sido
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As mentioned in our last report, we have begun the transtiion from hand pump wells to fully-mechanized, solar-powered wells. All future funds raised will go toward these new water systems, which make collecting clean, safe water a much less burdensome task for women and girls in the villages we serve. With this transition comes a slight increase in the cost of funding water for a whole village. Our cost for a hand pump well was $6,100, and the cost for a well tap is $6,300. Given the dramatic improvement in quality of life that a mechanized well offers, we think that's a great deal!

Attached, you can see a few photos of some of the final hand pump wells that you have helped to fund.

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Ticko
Ticko

Since Wells Bring Hope started in 2008, we have funded 681 handpump wells in Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world. These wells ensure that villages have access to a safe water source and that women and girls don't have to spend all day walking for water. In short, bringing water to a rural village transforms lives for generations to come.

However, while getting water from a handpump well is infinitely easier than walking miles and pulling up water from an open well, it is still labor intensive and difficult for older women and the disabled. That is why we are very excited to announce that in the coming months, we will be transitioning to funding only fully mechanized, solar-powered wells.

These technologically superior wells make accessing safe, clean water as simple as turning on a tap. In short, they provide the people of Niger with an experience that is similar to our own when it comes to accessing water. When a fully mechanized water system is installed, water is pumped to the surface and piped to water points or what we refer to as “taps” throughout the village. It is our goal and the goal of our partner World Vision for there to be one tap for every 250 people in a village. This ensures that women don't have to wait in long lines to fill their water vessels and that everyone in the village, including the very young, the very old, and the infirm can access safe water with ease.

We are proud of every handpump well that we have funded in Niger (including the three recently drilled wells pictured below!), but we are also incredibly excited that there is now affordable technology that will provide the women of Niger with the dignity of running water in their communities.  

Guidian Kassagui
Guidian Kassagui
Goliye
Goliye
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Rougan Illagamou
Rougan Illagamou

Despite the fact that COVID-19 continues to impact our work in Niger, we are pleased to report that we are nearly caught up with well drilling, which had been negatively impacted by shipping delays due to border closures. We are so pleased that these problems have been resolved so that we are able to continue to deliver safe water to the people who need it most when it is more important than ever before.

In 2020, we funded 51 wells, which delivered safe water to roughly 51,000 people. We also funded a solar water project, which provided safe water for a village and a health care facility, which serves 8,000 – 10,000 people a year.

Attached, please find photos of a few of the wells that we funded and drilled last year.

Maloumdi
Maloumdi
Pogodji Fada
Pogodji Fada
Rouga Kangue
Rouga Kangue
Marake Jiji
Marake Jiji
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Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Barbara Goldberg
Los Angeles, CA United States
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