To bring clean, safe drinking water to rural villages and communities in India.
Wells for Life® exists to provide safe water for people in need in order to create a lasting impact for generations to come.
The cost to bring life through water to an entire village or community is less than $5 per person. The average cost for a hand pump bore well benefiting a village is $2,000. My aim is to be the best steward as possible with every donation received no matter how large or small. Over 90% of all donations received are used for program related expenses. There are no salaried employees, no expensive buildings, equipment or leases to pay; just a lot of deserving Indians who make around $2/day needing clean water.
The simple truth is the more money we can bring in through your donations, the more lives we can impact.
There is no preferential treatment concerning our projects. The need for clean water is extensive throughout India and so we have chosen to carry out our work through a few select partners who are primarily responsible for helping us prioritize the requests for water. These partners have a long history of success in providing uplift in their geographical areas and now with our help, water becomes a new and very valuable component to their efforts.
Each of our projects is placed in areas where the most benefit can be had by the receiving community and without religious or caste discrimination. Project placement is the responsibility of the project coordinator or engineer working in partnership with the receiving community and once it’s completed the project becomes the responsibility of the receiving community.
As the founder of Wells for Life® I am often asked if my organization is a Christian organization with the goal of converting people. My response is simple: “I don’t convert anyone, that’s up to God” however, what I can do is help in the process of bringing clean water and to communicate with the villagers that “their lives matter.”
Almost every project we drill, I am able to visit and dedicate it along with our indigenous partner and community leaders. At each dedication I take photos and sometimes video for our donors to show the impact that their gift is having in the lives of the men, women and children who benefiting from their gift. In many places I actually get to say more than “hello and goodbye” and in these instances my message is clear and goes something like this:
“Wells for Life is working in partnership with (I name our partnering organization) and it is through their work with you in your community that a request was made for a water project. Through the grace of God working in the hearts and lives of people back in the United States, a gift was given to my organization with the purpose of bringing you clean water today. I’m here today to help you celebrate this gift. We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees, if it did we would all be rich; you and me alike. No, this project is a gift and I trust that it will serve as a reminder to you of your value and worth as humans; as unique individuals.
The donor and I do have a request for you and here it is, you all need to take responsibility and care for this water project, see it as the most important thing which you have ever been given. Seeing now that this project is your responsibility, go ahead and make sure that it is properly used and maintained so that it will continue to provide water for you and your community for years to come.
So today I join with you in celebrating the gift of water and I look forward to hearing about the life change which results because of this gift today. Thank you.”
The purpose of our work is to bring water and to work alongside of our Indian partners strengthening their hands and lending credibility to their efforts of uplift to the rural and tribal areas of India. Neither I nor our partners put any conditions on our projects other than to treat it as their own which means they are to maintain it, own it, and allow it to be an instrument that brings life instead of something that brings division through discrimination.
A Final thought
Without your help, our donor, none of this work would be possible. People are amazed that I have done so much in a country that I knew nothing about before being called to this task. The truth is, I’m just an average guy trying to be obedient.
My belief is that God created all of us for a reason and part of that reason is for us each to treat one another with love and respect as well as to serve those in need. Need exists all around us, and if we all would just do something instead of nothing, then this world would truly be a better place.
Unfortunately many people don’t want to be involved in any kind of charity or humanitarian work unless it benefits them in some way. Thankfully this isn’t the case for me. I’m not in this to make money or to become famous, in fact I don’t even get paid. I’m in this because I was called and until I am told my job is done, I’ll continue to work in whatever way I can to make a difference in the lives of the rural poor within India.
Michael Viser – Founder/President
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Learn about the need
- 42% of Indians live under the global poverty line of $1.25 per day.
- Over 6,000 children die daily due to sickness and disease related to bad water and poor sanitation.
- Wells for Life® has provided the funds for countless new water wells.