What is your organization’s mission statement?
Water for Good works collaboratively, in long-term partnership, with communities in central Africa, empowering people with sustainable access to clean water, transformational sanitation principles, and improved agricultural resources.
What population do you serve?
We serve the population of the Central African Republic.
How many do you serve in a year?
We serve over 500,000 people every year, providing them with sustainable clean water through our well maintenance program (900+ wells), drilling new wells (50-100 each year), and rehabilitating old forgotten wells (50-100 each year).
What region or area do you provide services in?
We provide services in the entire western half of the Central African Republic.
How and when did the organization get started?
Founder Jim Hocking, who grew up in the Central African Republic and spent much of his career working there, saw the need for an organization that would empower local people to help in the development of their country. In 2004, he started with the water crisis, since having clean water solves so many health issues, and eliminates so much wasted time fetching water. We consider this to be the starting point for development in any village, and that is why it is the primary focus of our organization.
How many employees do you have?
We have approximately 100 employees.
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
We work with about 5 volunteers a year.
How do your programs or services help the community?
The people of the Central African Republic receive clean water in their village, saving them over 100,000 hours of water hauling PER DAY! Additionally the wells provide clean water and this helps people avoid water borne diseases. They also receive community development and agricultural training through our radio and agricultural programs.
Water Wells: We drill wells and rehabilitate (fix) broken or forgotten wells.
Water pump maintenance: To solve the water crisis FOR GOOD, we focus on keeping the pumps going year, after year. Our Central African maintenance teams visit pumps on a regular basis, maintaining over 1,000 pumps. We use a 5-year model, where we fund the maintenance the first year, and over the following 4 years, we increase the financial contribution from the village that owns the well, until by the end of year 5, the village is paying for their own maintenance. This guarantees that the maintenance will continue without outside donations needed.
Radio: Our short-wave radio station covers almost half of the country with messages of peace & reconciliation, Christian education, and development messages.
Agricultural Program: Our Agricultural program focuses on expanding the resources of Central African farmers through seed banks, demonstration gardens, tree nurseries, and research, training, and other farmer support operations.
Work: (574) 635-1401
P.O Box 247
Winona Lake, IL 46590