Founded in 1996, Water Wells for Africa (WWFA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit promoting rural African community development by providing sustainable water sources and reducing health risks associated with contaminated water. WWFA promotes rural African community development by providing sustainable water sources and reducing health risks associated with contaminated water. We also believe in honoring indigenous African cultures and their way of life. We work cooperatively with local leadership to empower them towards sustaining the development of their community.
There is more than enough fresh water in the world for domestic use, agriculture and industry, however, the poor are largely excluded from this globally recognized “human right.” The millions forced to collect water from drains, ditches and streams suffer a deprivation that threatens life, destroys opportunity and severely undermines human dignity. This is the problem, and it can all be avoided.
Rural peoples harbor the majority of this cruel, subtle crisis. The African continent faces the greatest challenge of any region of the world with roughly 1 of 3 (330 million) people not using a clean water source. Eighty-four percent of these people live in rural areas and it is traditionally women and young girls who bear the responsibility of obtaining their family’s water supply. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 68% of the rural population spends more than 1 hour per trip of water collection. That means valuable time, sometimes upwards of 3 hours a day, is lost collecting insufficient, contaminated water. Ultimately, a woman’s opportunity in education or small business ventures are entirely inhibited with this strenuous work.
The solution, while surprisingly straightforward, is critical for developmental progress. When implemented—the comprehensive approach of providing water, sanitation and hygiene together—has profound impact on the communities involved. While the UN suggests that a person’s basic needs can be met with a mere 20-50 litres (4-10 gal) of safe water, WWFA is committed to establishing and maintaining a holistic and integrated approach. The impact is one for life.