But for 1 in 7 of us, water is difficult to access
and potentially fatal

The Cycle of dirty water

nearly one billion people lack access to clean water

every year 3.5 million people die from water-borne illness

4,000 Children die every day from water-related disease

In Africa, women and children spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water

the cycle of poverty continues as long as there is lack of access to clean water

This is not OK, but there's something we can do

The Cycle of clean water

people like you find out about the problem and decide "that's not ok"

by your donations let them lol drills a well in an at-risk village in Sierra Leone

your well sponsorship funds regular maintenance, preventing breakdowns

a community is empowered, taking on full responsibility for their well after five years

a new cycle of hope begins as clean water brings health and a chance for a better future

A clean water well is just the first step

Providing a clean water well is the first step to alleviating poverty in communities in Sierra Leone. However, studies show that most pumps installed will be broken down and eventually abandoned within 5 years. Communities without the tools and resources to repair their wells have no choice but to go back to the same dirty water sources and risk sickness and death. Let them LOL is not ok with this, we are committed to keeping hope flowing. Through consultation, we have adopted a well maintenance program that ensures the wells function for decades, providing communities with lasting clean water.

Our Sierra Leonean maintenance team visits each community 4 times a year, servicing the pump. The first year of maintenance is free for the community. Over the course of 5 years the village assumes more of the cost. After five years, it is a self-sustaining model. Sierra Leone maintenance teams funded by the villages to keep the water flowing.

For $35/month you can subsidize a village's well maintenance until they are able support it themselves

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