Heavy rain seasons can lead to outbreaks of cholera in this region of Africa. Hope Springs Water received an email in 2013 from the Kinexxu Network, seeking immediate funding to help complete a point of access water treatment project when their initial funding fell through. Racing the clock, Hope Springs Water was able to help complete the project, protecting as many as 12,000 people from an imminent outbreak.
The Bantu District of Ethiopia is an area south of the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. The area is home to approximately 200,000 people who are predominantly farmers and live is small clusters of mud-walled, grass-roofed houses or on the land that they farm and raise farm animals. According to available figures, just over 30% of these people have access to safe water. Only one-fourth of that 30% are located in rural areas. Infant mortality sits at 76 per 1000 live births (4.3 per 1000 in the U.S).
In 2014, Hope Springs Water will be an active partner in The Ethiopia Clean Water and Health Initiative, a program with The Ethiopia Area Mission (T.E.A.M). This initiative will help the people of the Bantu District improve their lives through education, better nutrition, improved sanitation, and safe water Hope Springs Water will fund the reclamation of 24 hand dug wells and fit them with Afridev pumps.
Hope Springs Water recently took possession of a new drilling rig which will remain in Ethiopia. The acquisition of this rig ensures that we will be a major influence on bringing safe water to this country with so many needs.
Hope Springs Water has provided two pure water wells in Bunyagira, Uganda. This is a community of about 600 people which boasts an elementary school serving approximately 200 local students in first through third grades. The villagers’ only source of water was a well two miles away in another village or a local catchment pond – an open pit shared by people and animals alike. Gastrointestinal illnesses were commonplace. After a villager, Isaac Kaye, contacted Hope Springs Water asking for a well for his people, Hope Springs Water was able to provide not only one, but two wells over a period of two years. Today, the people of Bunyagira enjoy the good health and bright future that comes from safe water!