Please join Lydia and me by supporting Lifetime Wells International (LWI).
Access to safe drinking water remains the largest problem impacting health across the world. Every day, nearly 50% of all hospital beds are filled by someone who is sick from drinking contaminated water. LWI is dedicated to ending the water crisis by providing safe drinking water to the poorest of the poor in Ghana and Tanzania.
I’ve known the founders of Lifetime Wells International (LWI) for many years and serve on the Board of Directors. In February 2019 I traveled to Ghana with our President, David Powell. We visited several villages to meet with our staff and watch the work in progress, seeing is believing. Our staff in-country is well trained and dedicated to the communities we serve.
This is a hand-dug well beside a water hole. These are among the better sources of drinking water. Most villagers walk long distances to get water from streams and water holes that are much worse than this.
A group of grateful villagers welcoming our team.
The son of the village chief identified me as the eldest visitor. As the elder, I was presented with gifts of appreciation for the wells we drilled. I immediately understood his intentions despite not sharing a language. I smiled, thanked him and led him to our pump installation crew, who are natives and who could accept and use these egg-producing chickens. We tethered the chickens in the back of the pickup truck and they were panting in the 100+ degree mid-morning heat. I became their water boy by cutting a “V” at the bottom of a plastic bottle for their necks and holding it so they could drink water about once an hour.
LWI is a very efficient cost-effective provider of clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. Our average cost to provide a well like that in the picture below is only $3,500.
Pump maintaining and repairs are an important part of the work that we do to ensure clean water continues to flow. Rehabilitation of an older well costs $500 and general maintenance and repairs can cost as little as $50.
Please read the story and watch the video below to get a better idea of the conditions facing the people in Northern Ghana and join Lydia and me supporting this life-saving work.