Our goal is to start a new water project every year.
Funds raised through our events go to World Vision's clean water projects. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in developing countries. Every 30 seconds, a new person is provided with clean water thanks to World Vision's efforts. The goal is to increase that reach to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020. Wheels for Wells is happy to do our part to achieve this goal. It brings us closer to our goal of providing clean water to the whole world.
The water projects help provide children and families in poverty with access to clean water through endeavors such as:
Deep wells that supply safe water
Storage containers for rainwater
Piping systems to irrigate crops and improve access to clean water
Purification equipment to treat water contaminated by bacteria and other waterborne disease-carriers
Latrines and hand-washing stations to protect clean water sources and improve children’s health
2012 - 2013: Kenya (Kisumo)
2013 - 2014: Mauritania (Nouakchott)
2014 - 2015: Somalia (Puntland)
2015 - 2017: Sudan (Edd al Fursan in South Darfur)
2017 - 2018: Somalia (Baki)
Pictured to right: A map of Africa to identify the water projects supported by Wheels for Wells so far.
This year, due to extreme drought, East Africa has been facing a humanitarian crisis unlike any other. It has been called the largest hunger emergency in the world. Persistent drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya – causing severe food and water shortages.
According to a recent report from the UN, more than half of the population of Somalia, 6.2 million people, need humanitarian assistance. With this in mind, we chose to fund a World Vision water project that will be supporting ten villages in the Baki District of Somalia, in an area known as Awdal Region.
The water project will impact
the lives of 28,600 people.
The goal of the project is to increase access to clean, safe water and reduce incidences of water-borne diseases among the children and communities in the area.
Pictured above: Picture courtesy of World Vision. Neyne Mint Elbou's community in Mauritania received a well because of the support of Wheels for Wells 2013. Neyne is thrilled to have access to clean water!
Sudan Project info (2015-2017):
The project targeted poor rural, hosts and returnee communities located in 11 villages in the Eddal Fursan Locality in South Darfur. The total population of the target 11 villages is estimated to be 30,090 people. The communities were selected because of water, sanitation and hygiene challenges faced in these villages. Community members, particularly women and girls, with whom the responsibility of fetching household water rests had to walk long distances in search of water.
Information on the 2017 project in Somalia: