Sponsor Our Clean Water Projects and Change the Lives of People in Africa

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What We Do

Clean Water for Africa

The Facts

  • Over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Almost none of them reside in the U.S.
  • 3.4 million people die each year from scarce and contaminated water.
  • If you laid the bodies down side by side, they would stretch from San Francisco to New York, and then repeats itself again the following year. 
  • Millions of women and children spend several hours each day collecting water from distant and polluted sources.
  • The time it takes to walk the average 3.7 miles for clean water is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to clean water. In developing countries, this number can be as high as 80%.

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Source: WHOlives.org

At EBENEZER CHARITY FOUNDATION in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, we believe that one of the biggest impacts we can make is providing sustainable access to clean water for people living in rural areas. Our goal is making a difference worldwide, starting with building water wells in Africa. We currently have 30 water projects lined up which will be completed in 2018-2020.

In addition, we aim to enable community members to be as involved in the development of the project as we are. This promotes participatory community development, empowerment, and sustainability established on the concepts of self-reliance, economic cooperation, and proactive improvement.

Why Water? 

Without access to clean, safe water and proper sanitation, people in Africa fall prey to an endless cycle of poverty. Instead of spending their time growing food or earning a living, they have to spend hours collecting water. The lack of clean water pushes these people to use contaminated water for drinking, cooking, bathing, among others, compromising their health.

Installing a well in each village immediately improves the health and well-being of those living in the village and can even save lives. Additionally, the local water source allows for a reallocation of time toward more productive activities as well as cultivation of crops throughout the year through irrigation. A water well can also provide a source of revenue to enhance the quality of life in the village.

Quick Facts

  • Project Starting: February 2018
  • Current Location(s): Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia in West Africa
  • Beneficiaries: 150 to 750 People per Well
  • Cost: US$3,000–7,000 per Village Water Project
  • Other Information: The project requires assessment and documentation, hydrogeological surveying, drilling or digging, hand pump installation, community development training, hygiene and sanitation training, and follow-up.

Clean Water Wells

Clean groundwater can be obtained from a hand-dug well or a borehole well. Hand-dug wells are holes in the ground that measure 3-4 ft wide. This kind of wells has a maximum depth of 40 ft. When the water table is too deep to reach by hand digging, boreholes are the next best option to access clean water.

Boreholes are drilled deep into the ground (15-85+ m) using a drilling machine, which can be hand-powered or motorized with hydraulic power. Drilling takes place in specific areas where the community and drilling team think is the most likely to contain underground water.

E.C.F. has a reliable team of contractors who are highly trained in making water wells either by hand digging or drilling boreholes. We make this happen by inviting sponsors to finance as many clean water wells as possible.

A clean water well project for each village costs about US$3,000 for a hand-dug well and US$7,000 for a borehole well. These rates include the following:

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  • Community Development Training Focusing on Economic Cooperation and Self-Reliance
  • Hydrogeological Surveying to Determine the Location of Groundwater
  • Transportation of Rig and Drilling of Borehole/Hand Digging the Well
  • Installation of the Foundation, Walls, Pipes, and Hand Pump
  • Training on How to Use and Maintain the Pump for the Appointed Water Committee Members From the Community

  • Hygiene and Sanitation Training
  • On-Site Project Supervision
  • Follow-Up and Community Development Training After the Water Well Installation
  • All Labor and Materials

How You Can Bring Water to the People

Partner with EBENEZER CHARITY FOUNDATION to be one of our clean water project sponsors. You may also let your family members, friends, students, and neighbors help! Get in touch with us to learn more about our program and help children raise awareness and collect spare change for clean water.

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