Our new project in Aapchour, Nepal is almost ready to begin. After 6 months of planning we will be repairing the water system for the village in the lower valley.
In November, Steve, Aimond and Water for Life drilled 9 boreholes in Bondeau. The results were not what we hoped - with the salt level being much higher than we had expected. We are working on Plan-B.
We have been active in Haiti since 2009, and much more since the 2010 earthquake. We have cataloged wells, disinfected wells, repaired wells and installed new wells. We have also assisted with the installation of two solar arrays, repaired an electrical generator and constructed a pumphouse. We currently are in the last phase of a well construction project in Bondeau.
We built a spring box, concrete water tank and laid 1,500 meters of water pipe in
Kabilash, Nepal. This surface water project routes water from a spring 1.6 miles down a
mountain into the village of Kabilash. Phase II installed 1,100 meters more pipe
delivering clean water to the lower village for the first time.
We have been active in Honduras for over 13 years working at Our Little Roses Family Ministries, an orphanage for girls. Rick and Cordella have lead mission teams to OLR where they perform lite construction projects and work with the girls in the home. This humanitarian effort is an excellent introduction to foreign service.
We help bring clean drinking water to poor, remote, ignored communities, as we have done in Haiti and Nepal. Over 1 BILLION people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. The UN declared clean drinking water a human right and any government that does not make some effort to provide clean drinking water to the citizens is in violation. This mostly was enacted to raise awareness of the issue but it also could block global funding, trade and international agreements which brings some pressure on the governments to take action. We are a small cog in the system trying to bring about change.
We are a group of volunteers applying our skills and sharing our experiences to improve living conditions for the poorest, most isolated and ignored communities around the world. We believe opportunity is when preparation and timing come together. Be ready. When an opportunity presents itself there may not be another chance like the one before you now. Prepare now. Be ready when the time arrives. Be ready to act.
You are among the most fortunate people in the world if you have a job that will offer you time-off, family or friends who will walk your dog, neighbors who will take in your mail, you have the financial resources to pay your room and board on a trip, you are in good health and you feel the desire to take action. Perhaps it is your time to join our efforts. Take action now.
We openly share every aspect about our projects and we invite you to verify our work. We publish maps and detailed descriptions about the locations of our work, 100's of photos of our team at work, water sample data, soil information, and stories about the people we are helping.
We invite you to inquire about our financial accountability. We publish financial information about the cost of our projects, cost of materials, travel expenses and we even publish copies of our receipts.
We publish reports about the results and shortcomings of our efforts so we will remember the lessons we learned and share those lessons with groups who may walk in our footsteps later to help the same communities.
Our efforts are not intended to be charity or a handout to needy communities. When people are in need they will accept an offer of help to overcome a difficulty and still retain dignity. When people are capable they will often offer to help others if they were once in need of assistance at some point in their own lives. The community of Kabilash, Nepal is now working with their neighboring village to help them with their water needs. Assistance is what our projects are intended to bring to communities who are struggling to solve a water issue but may lack technical ability or resources.
We take what we think we know, we listen, we gather new information from every available source, gain real field experience, examine what we see and feel and we often come to a realization we didn't know as much as we thought we did.
We are a group of concerned scientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, GIS programmers, mappers, geomatic engineers, database programmers, project managers and technical writers who want to make a difference in today's struggling world. We feel called to help improve the horrible water conditions we have seen first-hand throughout the world.
We work closely to understand the local issues, carefully examine options and then lend a hand to a community in need. We share our experiences. We collaborate with other groups and publish data to encourage better understanding about the most basic human need for clean drinking water.