Wellspring for the World was founded in Fargo, North Dakota. We have chapters in Park Rapids, Minnesota and Bismarck, North Dakota. Each well we fund provides clean, safe water for 250 people on average.
A complete water point costs an average of $15,000 and includes drilling, maintenance, education on water sanitation and hygiene, and supervision to ensure a long, productive life for the well.
Wellspring for the World is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
World Vision, our sole implementing partner is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
World Vision is the world’s largest non-governmental provider of clean water and reaches a new person with water every 10 seconds! At this pace, they are on track to achieve their ambitious goal of providing water to everyone everywhere they work by 2030. That translates into reaching an additional 30 million people over the next 8 years. To ensure the benefits of water are maximized, they always pair the provision of water with sanitation and hygiene interventions and integrate local water committees, user fees, and repair teams into its model for delivering clean water. Additionally, World Vision is a leader in establishing water access at schools and health care facilities.
Sustainability, innovation and learning are core elements for World Vision. An independent study conducted by one of the premier academic groups in water research, the University of North Carolina Water Institute, showed that in Ghana nearly 80 percent of wells drilled by World Vision were still operational after more than 20 years. The study found that wells were significantly more likely to be functioning if the community had both a local water committee and a fee collection system in place. For water sources installed by World Vision, functionality did not decrease substantively with age. The dramatic results proved that World Vision water sources were the highest rated for functional success and longevity. To further learn and improve, World Vision is currently working with the UNC Water Institute on an evaluation of its entire global water program.
Wellspring for the World has been successfully funding water through World Vision for many years. This partnership has granted Wellspring the opportunity to take every donation and reach those with the most need for clean water.
So how does Wellspring/World Vision partnership function? Wellspring works tirelessly on the local level to build awareness and raise funds for water. Those resources are then sent to World Vision, who puts those resources to work on the ground. By partnering with World Vision, Wellspring is able to make a lasting impact in some of the world’s hardest to reach places. Without the support of our donors and our partnership with World Vision, the great work we do at Wellspring would not be possible.
For more information on World Vision’s water program, as well as other elements of their comprehensive development model, click on the link below.
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