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Drilling for Water in Africa’s Most Remote Regions

Drilling wells to provide clean drinking water for African communities is one focus of World Hope International’s work.

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its partners in the Himutwe Wamalale district of Zambia dug well 700 in support of 273 people. Reaching this milestone is even more significant because providing clean water is just one part of World Hope’s mission, which also includes education, microfinance, and community-health programs.

World Hope began drilling for water in remote areas of Africa in 2004 to help poor people who were forced to search for water from local springs and rivers that are often contaminated from animals, bathing, and otherwise poor sanitation. This frequently leads to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid.

The program which currently exists in Liberia, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone has also operated in Zambia and Malawai. One of its goals is to work with the local population. Rigs are operated by local crews and World Hope staff work with villagers who use their knowledge of the topography and geography to locate prime drilling spots. Once hand pumps are installed to bring water to the surface, community members are given training on well maintenance because the remote locations make returning to the site in a timely manner difficult. They are also given sanitation training to prevent wells from becoming contaminated from wandering livestock and nearby latrines.

Each well serves approximately 700 people and lasts for decades. Not bad for a single day of drilling.