The year 2015 was a very exciting one for those of us involved with Hope Springs Water. Please feel free to read our Financial Report for 2015 along with the other financial documents we have available! We are always welcoming new volunteers so don’t forget to send your contact information to Jessica@hopespringswater.org!
This year brought Hope Springs Water it’s largest investment in time, money and manpower to southern Belize and also a great impact in the central Ethiopian Region of Tollee. The drilling rig that was donated to us in October of 2014 has been made use of several times over in Ethiopia! Since March of 2015 there have been four more wells drilled in Bantu. Viola Palmer and Debbie Leatherwood collaborated to begin an excellent hygiene and education program in the village and plans are underway to train locals in hygiene education while expanding the program to other villages. With continued support and donations we hope to continue this mission of providing life for these people!
Early in this year, Hope Springs partnered with a number of churches in Texas to convert four open, contaminated hand dug wells in the Bantu Region of Ethiopia, Africa into enclosed rope and washer hand pump wells. These wells will serve several hundred people living in that region. Several more wells were converted in that region this summer, and more are planned for the fall. Drilling will continue in Belize as well, in partnership both with local churches and with a church in Nevada. In both Belize and Ethiopia, plans are underway to pursue the repair and reclamation of numerous non-functional wells in those areas.
This year offered even more opportunities for service around the world. A well was dug in the village of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and plans have been made to fund even more wells in that country in the near future. A partnership was also forged with a missionary in Belize and a well was dug on his compound in the village of Punta Gorda, Belize. Another well was funded in Mexico with the Tarahumara Indians as well.
The village of Chikue, Mexico was the beneficiary of a well that was funded by Hope Springs Water this year. The village is the home of over 100 Tarahumara Indians and the site of a school that serves over 40 children in the area. Also, in September of 2011, a Hope Springs sponsored bored well was dedicated in that village of over 650 people–the first safe water in the history of the village.
This was our organizational year and much of the year was spent organizing the necessary paperwork to function as a non-profit corporation. However, we partnered with the Student Senate at TVCC in Athens and were able to fund wells being placed in four villages of Miskito Indians on the northeast coast of Nicaragua.