The average person in Central Africa uses 5 gallons of water per day (compared to the US rate of 100 gallons) which is often gathered from muddy streams and boreholes. Walking miles to collect water full of parasites is absolutely detrimental to the people living in this country. In order to break the cycle of poverty, you must have access to clean water.
Fact: Lack of clean water and proper sanitation kill more people than all forms of violence (including war) (Unicef).
Since we have the technologies and knowledge to solve this problem, the fact that over 2,300 people die a day from lack of clean water remains one of the greatest tragedies of our time
By going all- in in one country, we are able to focus on these communities and connect them to locally-owned businesses that provide drilling, maintenance, and spare parts for their water needs.
Water for Good has drilled over 1,000 new water wells in the Central African Republic with the help of the local drilling company, Marcelin Drilling Company. The depth and type of well depends on the region and geology. At a minimum of 90 feet deep, the drill team accesses the safe water from underground aquifers. We then install protective cement slabs and handpumps at the surface.
It is not enough to drill water wells, you must also maintain them because a simple broken part can prevent access to clean water. We have over 20 Central African’s that make up our maintenance team. These men travel all over the rough terrain with spare parts to ensure villages continue to have access to clean water.
At any given time, Water for Good is providing clean water for over 880,000 people living in the Central African Republic.
Time to Scale
With over a decade of experience, Water for Good is already the largest water provider in the Central African Republic (CAR). Now we are launching a plan to grow and reach every man, woman, and child by 2030. This country is geographically large, but with a small population of only 4.7 million people.
Reaching everyone in this country is possible.
And now is the time. In order to reach our goal by 2030, we need to increase the pace of change. This is also the United Nations timeline for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. We will partner with the UN and many other charitable, humanitarian organizations. We don’t have to go it alone.
We focus on one region at a time
You know the phrase, “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”? That’s how we have approached implementing and sustaining clean water in the Central African Republic.
By dividing the country into “focus regions”, which are specific areas where we have counted all the people and mapped out their needs. Since there hasn’t been a census in the country in years, we really have to start from scratch. We can’t just rush in and start drilling wells but need to know how many people live in the area, how many wells are needed, and the best geological placement for the new wells.
Track Our Progress
Our Water Wells
We want to see the wells we maintain working 100% of the time.
Country-wide Water Access
By 2030, we will achieve 100% country-wide water access.
Focus Region Water Access
By 2020, we will achieve 100% water access in the Mambéré-Kadéï region.
Reaching Through Radio
Our radio station, located in Boali, broadcasts all over the country and airs important topics such as:
The Love of Jesus
Known as “the people’s radio station”, our station is the first privately owned station transmitting in Sango (the trade language) as well as in French and has an estimated 100,000 listeners each day.