The number one challenge to rural communities is access to clean water. Women and children walk long distances to fill a five gallon jerry can. IHA volunteers first experienced the extreme condition faced by some in getting water. Children at God’s Grace School and surrounding families were traversing a steep, fifty to seventy-five ft. incline to draw water from an open, contaminated spring in a national forest.
NEW COMMUNITY WELL
IHA volunteers returned to the U.S., and raised approximately $2000 to fund the installation of a 30 ft. bore hole (well) on the premises of the school. Most recently, IHA has collaborated with the Salt Lake City professional branch of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). An unexpected outcome of this collaboration is that communities are mobilizing their resources to do the basic labor of drilling wells while IHA and its supporters provide funds to finish. This has reduced the cost of a well to approx. $400.
IHA & EWB COMMUNITY DRILLING CELEBRATION
COLLABORATION NEW WELLS