Q: Where in India are your projects?
A: The majority of our projects are located in 2 southern states: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu though recently we have formed new partnerships in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal.
Q: How much does it cost to drill a well?
A: A typical hand pump project in a village is $2,500.
Q: How much do you spent on administration or overhead expenses vs. projects or programs?
A: Less than 10% is spent on administrative related expenses; we have no real overhead since we don’t rent any land, equipment or buildings. Over 90% of the donations received are used on program related expenses.
Q: How do I give?
A: Follow this link – https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/wellsforlife
Q: Do you provide water to schools and orphanages?
A: Yes, many of our projects benefit public and private schools as well as orphanages. A project for a school or orphanage varies in cost based upon the needs; the range is $3,500 to $10,000.
Q: Why doesn’t the Indian government provide the wells?
A: Unfortunately the government can’t keep up with demand and supplying water to those in the urban areas is a difficult task in and of itself. 70% of Indians live in rural places and with many of these places being in very remote places, the supply of water is left up to the people themselves. This is where organizations such as Wells for Life® can be of usefulness. Entering into the remote places and providing life’s most basic requirement – safe water.
Q: Who runs your drilling projects?
A: We utilize Indian partners who are already working in the rural areas providing a variety of programs aimed at helping empower the poor and destitute. So in a sense, we are empowering the Indians to be more effective and successful in helping their own people. Nothing is imported from the outside; local labor, material and supplies along with Indian contractors are used which makes for a successful venture.
Q: Why water wells?
A: Within India, water borne diseases are a major cause of sickness and even death among infants and children Additionally, much of rural India is suffering from water scarcity or the access that they do have isn’t safe for drinking.
Q: Who maintains the well once it is completed?
A: Most often a community/village leader, local Christian pastor or a self-help group looks after the well project.
Q: Who pays for any repairs?
A: We request the receiving community to look after all associated costs for pump repair or replacement. All parts are Indian made and generally repairs are quite easily made without the need for outside intervention.
Q: How long does a water project last?
A: We estimated the useful life of a hand pump bore well project to be at least 10 years minimum
Q: Is Wells for Life® involved in anything other than water?
A: Yes, all of our partners are involved in areas beyond water. Medical camps, Education programs, Orphan Care, Micro Finance are just a few of the outreach areas our partners are making an impact in.
Q: How do I get involved?
A: Involvement best comes financially and by spreading the news as to who we are and what we are doing.