How much does a well cost?
answer is it depends. There are many variables that affect a project's budget, such
as geography, type of water project, infrastructure, etc., so the costs can
vary widely. The projects we fund are comprehensive and sustainable so include
sanitation components and provisions for maintenance training.
average costs for various water project types:
catchment: $500 serving 250 people = $2/beneficiary.
well with hand pump: $5,000 serving 500 people = $10/beneficiary.
well with hand pump: $15,000 serving 1,000 people = $15/beneficiary.
hole well with submersible electric pump and diesel-powered generator: $125,000
serving 6,000 people = $21/beneficiary.
Who builds the wells?
projects are implemented by African Well Fund partner Africare. Africare has
been working in Africa for more than 30 years
and has field offices throughout the continent. Africare is committed to
supporting local, community-driven initiatives and to going where the need is
the greatest. For more detailed information about the water projects and the
process used to implement them, please visit our Projects page.
Can I fund construction of a
projects we fund are comprehensive ones, including both water and sanitation
components. A typical project costs around $30,000 and contains a number of
sites within it. When you donate to AWF, we can tell you what project we are
currently seeking funding for. Your donation will be pooled with others to help
to fully fund the project. If you or your group would like to fund an entire
project, please contact us for further information.
Will I be able to see photos of the well I fund?
project updates and photos as we receive them. However, there is usually a lag
between the time of donation and when we receive the project report updates.
AWF strives to achieve a balance in obtaining feedback for donors without
unnecessarily burdening those working in the field. Again, making sure that donor
dollars are used in the most effective way possible is a priority for both AWF
Can I fund a well in honor of or dedicated to a
can always be in honor of or dedicated to a loved one. AWF has Well Share
certificates available in electronic and hard copy formats that can be
personalized for your donation. We do not have any provisions for installation
of a plaque or sign on the site. Such a designation would not only involve
considerable cost, it also runs counter to the philosophy that the well belongs
to the community in which it resides.
I want to go to Africa
and assist in the construction of the well. Do you send teams of volunteers to Africa?
not send teams of volunteers to Africa to
build wells. Our focus is on raising money for our partner Africare to
implement projects under the supervision of its field staff in Africa. A key component of our approach is
partnering with the local community to ensure sustainability of the project.
The community members frequently provide the labor as their contribution toward
the project. Please refer to our list of other organizations currently building
wells in Africa. Some of these groups utilize
volunteers in Africa.
How are sites selected?
partner Africare is committed to working in areas where the need is the
greatest. Africare regularly presents us with a variety of project proposals to
fund. Many times the water and sanitation proposals are for areas where
Africare is currently implementing other programs such as food security
initiatives or fighting HIV/AIDS. Clean water is an essential component of all
I want to fund a well in village or country X.
projects presented by our partner Africare. Many times AWF funds a water project
in an area where Africare is implementing other programs. This allows our funds
to be used with maximum efficiency and also allows for a comprehensive
improvement in the life of a community. AWF does not accept other project
proposals at this time. Please refer to our list of other organizations
currently building wells in Africa. Some of
these organizations do accept partnership proposals.
How do you know the money goes to the people in
provides us with detailed project proposals with cost breakdowns, as well as regular
project updates as they are implemented. These proposals and updates can be
viewed on our Projects page. AWF board members have travelled to Africa for
visits to projects in Ghana
where they met with local officials, Africare field staff and with community
members, and were able witness firsthand completed and in-progress projects.
Photos on our site and our documentary film document these visits.
What percentage of my donation goes to
AWF is a
grassroots nonprofit organization that is currently governed and staffed by a
volunteer board of directors. Our agreement with Africare is such that 100
percent of the money donated from AWF goes directly to the water projects we
fund. As a result, 100 percent of all donations to AWF go directly to building
wells and other water and sanitation projects. Our overhead costs are kept to a
minimum and are funded through merchandise sales and through grants designated
specifically for administrative costs. If you would like to make a donation
toward these costs to help us expand our capacity, please visit our donation
page and select the Administrative Costs option.
Where can I find your financial information?
Our 990 is
available upon request. You can download our latest annual report here.
Where is AWF headquartered?
AWF is a
virtual organization with no bricks-and-mortar headquarters, which enables us
to minimize administrative costs. Our website and online forum serves as our
headquarters and allow volunteers from all over the world to interact and
I live outside the United States, can I still
accepts donations from around the world; however, we can only issue U.S. tax
receipts. Please visit our Donate page for instructions on how to make a donation.
Can you put me in contact with Bono?
While AWF was
founded by a group of U2 fans inspired by Bono's advocacy for Africa,
AWF is not affiliated with or sponsored by Bono, U2 or its management company.
List of Other Organizations With Water Projects in Africa
Ghana West African Missions is a 501(c)3
nonprofit organization that drills water wells in Ghana with the goal of
providing fresh, clean, contaminant-free water for every village in the country.
Lifewater International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
Christian organization that equips partner organizations and
works with them to empower communities in developing countries to gain safe
water, adequate sanitation and effective hygiene.
WaterAid is an international charity
whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to
gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
WaterCan is a Canadian charity dedicated
to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to
clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.
WaterPartners International is a 501(c)3
nonprofit that, by working through high-quality partner organizations that have
proven their ability to implement sustainable water projects, has helped
thousands of people achieve their dream of safe water.
Water for Sudan Inc. is a Rochester, NY-based
501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to drill fresh-water
wells for the people in the southern areas of Sudan, providing the foundation
for stable, healthy communities.
The Water Project Inc. is a Christian
501(c)3 non-profit organization that's bringing relief to communities around
the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water.
Wilmslow Wells for Africa is a British-based
direct-action charity whose aim is to improve life in drought-stricken areas of
Africa by providing wells, pumps, dams and water collection equipment.