How much does it cost to sponsor a well in Africa or Haiti?
The average costs to sponsor various types of water projects in Africa or Haiti are listed below. If you wish to sponsor a well or other project but can't afford to do so by yourself, we will gladly match you with another donor as co-sponsors. We encourage you to work with your co-workers, school, extended family, local church, friends, and neighbours or organize a community fund-raising drive to help reach one of the following sponsorship levels:
Sole Sponsor (USD)
Drill a new water well
Rehabilitate an existing well, including replacing a broken hand pump
Repair a broken hand pump
Sponsor a health & hygiene workshop
Build communal toilets
Provide a community with several essential services (well, pump, toilets, health & hygiene workshop)
Costs are in U.S. dollars because all our overseas spending commitments are in USD. Prices can vary with well depth, location, and country.
These are average costs at sites selected by local Lifewater workers. It may cost more for a project at a site the sponsor selects if Lifewater is not already working in that area.
If you want to sponsor a well or other project in Africa or Haiti in a community of your choosing, the cost may be at least $1,000 more. For a well with limited public access, the cost is typically at least $3,000 more. See pricing notes.
Villagers actively participate in the work, usually contributing $100 to $300 towards each project through cash payments, supplies, labour, and services.
Drill a new water well: This includes a borehole, casing and filter screen, a cement pad and Afridev hand pump. Your gift will have lasting benefits as it provides an average of 500 people with a supply of safe, easily accessible water.
Rehabilitate an existing well; replace a broken hand pump: Rehabilitating an existing well is the fastest, cheapest way of providing safe water to a community. The fact a well has already been drilled indicates there is sufficient water, and local demand for it. Your gift will offer safe water by providing a new handpump, a sanitary cement seal and cement pad. The repaired well will be disinfected and tested to ensure it's safe!
Repair a broken hand pump: Sometimes the only thing stopping safe, accessible water from flowing is a broken hand pump that can be easily repaired by our trained team.
Sponsor a health & hygiene workshop: Provide men and women with the skills and training they need to help keep their families healthy. The topics include how to keep drinking water safe, how to build hand-washing stations, and how to provide critical First Aid to young children who are suffering from "running stomach" or diarrhea.
Build communal toilets: With your support, we are building communal toilets at schools, clinics, etc., then teaching villagers to build family latrines near their homes. You can stop the spread of disease at its source, and eliminate the need for children and adults to risk their safety by wandering into the bush or jungle to urinate or defecate.
Offer a community safe water, plus sanitation and health & hygiene: By providing a well, communal toilets, and communal hand-washing stations, you will stop the spread of diseases that quickly claim the lives of young babies and village elders.
Other Important Sponsorship Needs
$60,000 to provide a new drill rig: Supply a hard-working team with a new LS-200 mud rotary drill rig. After several years of continuous service of drilling for safe water, these small drill rigs wear out and need to be replaced. They are a very worthwhile investment because one rig can drill at least 100 safe water wells before it needs to be replaced. Without these rigs, our drilling teams in Africa and Haiti cannot access the water that so many people desperately need.
$40,000 for a new pick-up truck: Transportation is one of the main logistical problems in developing countries. Trucks are constantly loaded to the limit and need to be driven in extreme heat and over very rough roads. Without reliable transportation, our safe water drilling program grinds to a halt. Your donation will purchase sturdy Toyota four-wheel drive pick-up trucks to transport all our drilling equipment and supplies to the villages in need of safe drinking water. The best option for the teams is a new truck which can be properly operated and maintained from Day One. However, we are always interested in buying used pick-ups that have been well-maintained. They usually cost about $20,000.
$4,000 to provide required training: Equipment, trucks, and supplies alone do not provide safe drinking water. Local people need hands-on training and support from knowledgeable volunteers to effectively drill boreholes, complete wells and replace or repair hand pumps. A Liberian bishop helped dedicate the first well drilled by Lifewater in Liberia by saying "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.... Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Help empower local people by supporting volunteers who travel overseas using their vacation time to provide required training and teaching.
Every $1 you give provides a child with safe water for a year!
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