Foundation Chairman Clifford Steele welcomed by Masaii Warriors
On a lengthy vacation trip through remote areas of East Africa in 2009, it became apparent that clean water was often unavailable outside a few large cities. Young children and women in these villages made daily trips to surface pools of water, often just a muddy collection of seepage and surface runoff in a low spot.
In the annual dry season these contaminated water sources may be as far as several kilometers distant from the villages to which the women must return, and may require a daily walk of 1-2 hours. I watched 40-liter plastic drums get filled one cup at a time with brown bacteria-laden water. This heavy burden was then hand-carried back to the village.
Disease from water-borne causes was rampant and unceasing, including bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. Cholera in particular takes a heavy annual toll on young children and infants. A single deep-water well can provide pure drinking water to an entire village of 500-2500 people. This virtually eliminates the spread of water-borne disease and the avoidance of morbidity and mortality associated with unsanitary water.
A one-time investment in a deep borehole provides pure water virtually without end, even in times of severe drought. We pay no salaries or commissions and have less than 1% in overhead and total non-project expenses. With the motivation to make such a permanent change in the lives of so many, this Foundation was formed and began with person-to-person contact and solicitation of contributions. Our committed volunteer staff has worked with us for over 12 years. Since our first success we have completed 7 projects and now bring thousands of villagers pure water.