Our "Donate a Well" initiative has now provided clean drinking water to over 30,000 people
We have now completed the 150th well in Afghanistan funded by private donors. Since 2012, families, schools, kindergartens and churches have raised at least 950 euros per well so that Afghan villages and a number of schools can have access to clean and clear drinking water. The 150th well was funded by the International Football Team at “Friedenskirche” church in Braunschweig, Germany. The team is made up of footballers from 13 nations, including Germany, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Nigeria, Argentina and Afghanistan.
Access to clean drinking water is one of the most urgent development needs in Afghanistan where there’s often very little rain. This summer the country suffered a particularly extreme drought which wiped out the harvest completely in some areas and caused widespread water shortages. Just through our initiative "Donate a Well" over 30,000 people have gained direct lasting access to clean drinking water. That means they no longer have to carry water for many miles or drink water from the rivers which is often not clean.
The Donate a Well initiative began after one family decided to give each of their three children a well in Afghanistan for their birthday. Shelter Now set to work – and soon the three wells were complete, bearing plaques with the names of each of their children - Salome, Natanael and Esperanza. Since then, many other donors have taken up the idea. The wells cost on average around 1900 euros each. Once at least half of this has been raised, we fund the rest. The donor can choose the text that will be placed at the well and receives a certificate with the exact location of the well and photos of the inauguration.
At the Tangi Gharo girls’ school in Kabul province, 1500 schoolgirls and their teachers were delighted to receive their new well at the end of June. At the inauguration, one girl told us that they had often fallen sick in the past because they hadn’t drunk enough. But with the new well, she said, that would no longer be a problem – thanks to our donors.