Why do communities not all live on rivers or close to existing or natural water sources? Many did but water courses change and rivers dry up. Existing waterholes stop filling through watercourse re-direction, damning operations etc.
Why don’t they have the inclination to sink a well themselves? These communities are some of the poorest in the world they barely have the resources to survive. Communities cannot afford to drill their own. Even if they did who would they get to drill the wells? There are a tiny number of local rigs available for a country the size of… UNICEF provide a service but this is still a small provision. Our role is to make that provision possible by enabling local crews to make no charge for drilling wells. They will not have to pay for the rigs as we will loan them to the local crews, therefore they will have no capital costs to pass on to the communities they provide drilling services for. We will provide a wage for the crews from the UK in return for an agreed number of wells drilled each month.
What is the Government doing? As much as it is able, there are British civil servants working with every department of government to help turn around the devastating effects of the civil war but it will take time...
How will you ensure that the equipment is used after you leave? We will be providing the crew that we train with a living by pegging a payment each month direct to the crew to their performance. We will agree the appropriate number of wells that they can drill, cap and apply a pump to and then we will pay the crew on results. Of course we will take into account the wet season and other factors. We will also ensure that the crew have the funds for the materials and pumps they need for each well. That is the focus of our fundraising in Phase Two.