Hand-Dug Water Wells
In addition to providing training to rural farmers, EATBETA is involved in facilitating the construction of hand-dug water wells in rural communities. Most rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa have a serious shortage of clean water; thus, our goal is to construct hand-dug water wells, particularly, in the villages where EATBETA carries out training and outreach programs. EATBETA’s programs are much more successful in rural communities where we establish water wells. In constructing a hand-dug water well, the villagers are also involved in the process; this is either by digging the hole or by providing local materials, such as bricks or sand, needed in the construction of the well. Then EATBETA uses funds raised through donations, to build the water well and to purchase materials which the villagers cannot afford—such as cement, hand pump, water tanks, pipes, etc. Involving the villagers yields two important benefits; firstly, the villagers take ownership of the project and they feel engaged in the process. Secondly, it helps to keep the construction cost to a minimum of about $2,000 per water well. We humbly welcome donations toward this effort. Please click here to make a water well donation.
Video showing villagers participating in hand digging a water well