In West Africa, contaminated water often causes death: tragically, one in seven children dies before the age of five. Additionally, looking for clean water is a job that is often relegated to women, requiring that they walk 4-6 miles a day.
“Wells Bring Hope,” a non-profit organization founded by Bel Air resident Barbara Goldberg, brings help and hope to West Africa. This organization funds and drills wells in West Africa. Each well costs $5,600 and serves around 1,000 people.
The organization also educates villagers on well maintenance. Since 2008, Wells Bring Hope has decreased child mortality by 70 percent. In addition, schools with hand washing facilities have increased from 24 to 40 percent.
100 percent of every donation goes towards the drilling of wells.