Charity: Water is Fundraising for Well Drilling Rigs

1.2 Million Dollars for Modern Drilling Equipment

Water is the most consumed product on earth and vital to sustaining life. Good water is also tied to the production of quality concrete, the second most consumed product on the planet. Charity: Water is seeking donations during their 5th anniversary celebration to purchase more water drilling rigs for Ethiopia. They use a modern truck-mounted drill system from Italy to bring water to remote villages in developing countries.
Charity: water will drilling rig - Fraste FS 250

The partnership between Charity: Water, Fraste Drilling Company and Ethiopian entrepreneurs is a great example on how the industrialized nations can give a hand-up to those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

This water-focused charity has raised $43 million dollars for clean water projects around the world. They are now raising funds for the $700,000 drilling rig, a compressor truck ($200,000) and other support trucks and parts ($300,000). They also are demonstrating their transparency to the donors by offering GPS tracking of the water drilling equipment.

Even though they are focused on something as simple as water production, they realize that technology investments are an important part of making life more sustainable for the poorest among us. The following is a video presentation highlighting their effort to raise awareness and money for water.

The 2011 September Campaign. Our 5-year-anniversary video from charity: water on Vimeo.

For WATER there are several organizations like Charity: Water. Each have become champions at raising funds and supporting water projects in developing countries.

Can you name the charity that focuses on better concrete production technology?


CementTrust continues to share the idea that those at the bottom of the pyramid require quality concrete just like they require clean water. Investments in better concrete will reduce the risk to life, return a more sustainable infrastructure and build economic strength.

You might find it interesting to note the potential impact of a $1.2 million technology investment on the concrete production system of a developing nation. This effort would provide over 70 ready-mix operators who create good jobs within their local concrete supply chain. These developing entrepreneurs could produce 200 safe foundations a day that would support houses for as many as 300,000 people each year. Strong foundations, an economic upgrade and valuable infrastructure, at a scale that will be a blessing for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

We salute the work to bring clean water to the world. After all, WATER is #1…

But let’s not forget #2…

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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