The pre-existing wells in Niger are called Open Wells. This means that the wells have no covering and there is no way to guarantee that the water in the wells is sanitary. Often times dirty ropes and buckets, as well as debris or animals falling in contaminate the wells. Theses wells are far from sanitary or ideal; however, women and children often walk long distances to obtain water from the wells because they simply have no other source. They wait in long lines and pray that water will still be available when their turn finally comes around. This job may be repeated more than once a day to provide water for their every need. In fact, many women have hardly any time for anything else. The children have to help their mothers with this enormous task, robbing them of the opportunity to become educated.
Sealed Afridev wells are more expensive, but last much longer and protect the people from contamination and disease. The average cost for one of these Afridev wells is $3000. Wells vary in price because of the topography of the land, distance traveled, road conditions, weather, and the like. Wells 4 Wellness works tirelessly to help provide these safe water sources for the people of Niger. Of the identified possible well locations, schools are our primary targets for well development. This will improve the likelihood that children will be able to have an education, since they will be able to bring water back to their homes. In the Sub-Sahara, wells are usually the only year-round water source. Drill it and the people will come!
Well in Maradi
A new well brings joy to the entire village; but it is the children that celebrate the most!