Building communities of support to serve communities of hope.
2013 National Tour featuring David Bowden
 
 
 
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About Wishing Well

Introducing Wishing Well

From the beginning, we've been committed to community - the people we serve.

What we've learned is that to truly address the root causes of the water crisis and poverty, we must build communities here at "home" as well; communities who are passionate about redeeming a broken world.

Responding to the water crisis is our chance to rally together to do something truly incredible.

We believe that the world's greatest challenge can be overcome by uniting a generation to act as one. And that by loving our neighbors around the world we'll learn to love our own communities. We think this is truly holistic development.

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... and Ryan Groves

Ryan Groves is the co-founder of Wishing Well and a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University. Seven years ago, Ryan and his brother Brendan began Wishing Well as a small student organization focused on using the power of creativity and community to combat the water crisis.

Ryan's heart is that Wishing Well would be about more than clean water. Since the start of Wishing Well, Ryan has aimed to inspire others and unlock their creative potential to change the world.

You can be an instrument of change. You can be a healer. You can be an advocate and together we can change the world.

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We've got some great ways to get you connected right away.

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with your own community.

Organizing a fundraiser is easier than you think.

We'll get you all the tools you need to be successful, including some one on one coaching if you'd like.

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Commit to a
monthly donation

Make a personal commitment right now to help Wishing Well get to the next stop on the tour.

This is a movement of small groups joining together to do something huge. We're supporting ourselves all along the way. Your monthly gift will be multiplied as others grab hold of this vision to end the water crisis.

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Have a community up and running? Just getting started? How about we come see you...

We're still adding stops to our tour. Our hope is to find places to meet you all along the way.

Get in touch and let us know if you're interested

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When water comes, everything changes...
 

When students are freed from gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years.

 

Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty.

 
 
 

Access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Schools can feed students with gardens, reducing costs.

 

Time to think, dream and hope brings the next big idea. The communities we serve are ready to grow. We can't wait to see how they choose to do it.

 
 
 
We believe people, not water, can change everything.
To unlock the potential of an entire community, you'll need a goal.
 
Sponsor a Well in Africa

Project Underwriter: $5,000+


Become a Water Project Underwriter...
Provide the foundation for a water project.

  • Be recognized as the largest donor to a specific water project.
  • Have your group's name listed on all reports.

Unlock potential. Give the gift of clean, safe water. Watch as the specific village you help takes a big next step toward growing out of poverty. Restore hope.

Sponsor a Well in Africa

Project Sponsors: $10,000+


Become a Water Project Sponsor...
Make an entire project possible.

  • Be recognized as the sole project sponsor
  • Have your group's name listed on all reports.
  • Get opportunity to provide a dedication (when available).

Celebrate with a community, knowing you made a water project possible. Watch as circumstances are transformed. Join in dreaming about what the future might hold.

Giving less than $5,000?
No worries. Regardless of how much you donate or raise, we'll connect you to a specific water project.
You'll receive a full report with pictures, GPS, stories and more about how your gift is being used.
 
 
 
Communities supporting Community

Drilled Well

Sand Dam

Rainwater
Catchment

Hygiene &
Sanitation

Spring Protection

Dug Well
 

The Water Project uses the funds you raise to implement solutions to the water crisis in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Sierra Leone

Through our years of experience funding water projects, we have learned that each community we serve is different. From basic geology, to climate, to culture, many factors determine the most sustainable means to provide access to clean and safe water.

We fund new wells, well rehabs, rain catchment, spring protection and sand dams where appropriate. We empower our partners along with the communities themselves to determine what makes sense.

Your gifts enable robust community mobilization, careful project construction and rigorous long-term follow up and evaluation.

 
 
Informed supporters benefit everyone. We're here to teach. Ask us anything.

What happens after I donate or fundraise?

The process of sponsoring a water project in Africa is simple.

Once you have raised the money and/or made a donation to The Water Project, Inc., we will assign the gifts to the next available well site on our ever-growing list.

We work very hard to keep our implementers busy, and try to ensure they always have a back-log of work. That simply means that your project will be constructed about 8-12 months after your donation.

We won't send your donation to the field until just before it's ready to begin construction - keeping everything safe, secure...and accountable.


Can I sponsor part of a water project?

Yes! And no matter how much you donate, we'll show you the specific project where your gifts were used...every time.


What am I paying for?

A water project costs more than just the hardware.

To ensure each project is done right and lasts for many years, there are three essential phases to every project including:

  • Site selection & community education
  • Project management & construction
  • Long-term monitoring & evaluation

The majority of your donation goes to our field implementers in the construction phase. They use it to pay for supplies, well pumps, concrete, drill bits, wear and tear on the rigs, fuel, and wages for the drill crews.

When you sponsor an entire project, you'll be an integral part of the effort from the very beginning to clean water flowing and throughout its lifetime! We'll show you how all along the way.

Learn more about the process »


Where will the project be built?

Currently, we're working to fund new wells, well rehabilitations, rain water catchments and spring protection schemes at schools, medical clinics, and churches and community centers in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda. Individual sites are each open to the public and can serve large groups of people.

Our teams and partners prepare each community for their new water water project. They ensure the community is committed to the project, and in most cases will require some form of investment of time and/or money on their part. This is a critical step to ensure that a water project is sustainable so that your investment has the longest possible effect.


How many people will a project serve?

We're committed to providing a reasonable estimate of usage. It doesn't help anyone to overstate the true impact of a water project.

Most of our recent projects actually serve around 500 people, which we consider the upper end of a reasonable limit for any hand-pumped well. Spring catchments serve around 200 or so.

Still, the number of people who use a water project will vary by location. If you've seen claims of wells serving thousands, ask questions. It's important to realize that simply because a community has a population of 1,000 people, it does not mean a single project can serve them all.

An overused well, for example, won't last very long.

Managing a water project over time is just as important as how many people it can serve. To make sure the projects we fund last as long as possible, we go back and check to find out what's working and what's not. We work hard to do the greatest good with your gifts.

Properly maintained, a pump can provide clean, safe drinking water for upwards of ten years or so before needing a complete overhaul or replacement. Properly maintained, other types of projects can last even longer.


Will I get to see it?

Yes, of course! Our implementation teams are great at sending pictures and updates back to us as they work. We'll pass those on to you through our Project Updates - listing you and your team as the sponsors (you can choose to remain anonymous too).

You'll be able to track your specific project from its beginning, through construction and for many years to come.


How can I be sure it was built?

Water Well in Google Earth

Proving water projects and wells is hard work, but we believe it's essential to building trust through transparency.

We ask our drillers to send pictures of the actual drilling process when possible. In many cases we're provided with before and after photos.

In addition to pictures, we insist that every well be documented with Govt. drilling permits and GPS coordinates. We have folks on our team visit random wells, using these coordinates, to keep everyone honest.

Finally, we ask for itemized expense reports and copies of deposit/withdrawal forms from the banks to which we wire funds for projects. We trust our teams, but also try to remove any opportunity for others to question their integrity.


Can I help build the water project?

At this time, we are not able to ensure either safe travel or participation by volunteers at water projects in the field.

Well drilling is specialized work carried out by trained professionals and it is often quite dangerous. Our teams, made up of local drilling techs, don't have the ability to manage visits while they work.

The locations in which they work are often very remote and not frequented by foreigners.


Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to confidently partner with us in funding a water project.

If you can't find the information you need here, or you'd just like to chat, please don't hesitate to call us at 800-460-8974.

 
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Jump in right now. Take the first step today.
 

Start a Campaign

Raise funds
with your own community.

Organizing a fundraiser is easier than you think.

We'll get you all the tools you need to be successful, including some one on one coaching if you'd like.

Start a Campaign

Support the Tour

Commit to a
monthly donation

Make a personal commitment right now to help Wishing Well get to the next stop on the tour.

This is a movement of small groups joining together to do something huge. We're supporting ourselves all along the way. Your monthly gift will be multiplied as others grab hold of this vision to end the water crisis.

Give Monthly

Invite Us

We're still scheduling stops.
Want us to come see you?

Have a community up and running? Just getting started? How about we come see you...

We're still adding stops to our tour. Our hope is to find places to meet you all along the way.

Get in touch and let us know if you're interested

Contact Ryan