Drilling for Hope


“Faces of Rwanda”
May 8, 2014
Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs NY

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Join us on May 8 for our Faces of Rwanda gallery show fundraising event. Faces of Rwanda is a family-friendly, unique and inspiring fundraising event to raise money and awareness for Drilling for Hope and Karen Flewelling. The gallery event will feature the original work of local photographer, Emma Dodge Hanson, including a wall of “selfies” – Rwanda children holding a photo of a donor who has made it possible for them to go to school.


Drilling for Hope is the brainchild and philanthropic outreach of Karen Flewelling, a field hockey coach/retired teacher & athletic director who has traveled the world helping those in need.

Drilling for Hope is devoted to helping impoverished communities around the globe in a way that will foster sustainability and independence. Building wells will enable thousands of families to have clean drinking water, pave the way for children to go to school, allow families to lead healthier lives.


Lack of clean, accessible water has been a leading cause of death in several countries, and perpetuates an overwhelming poverty problem. Villagers are dying from dysentery, giardia, cholera and other water borne diseases  - diseases that can be prevented. Local clinics do not have clean water necessary for sanitary procedures and operations. Young girls drop out of school as they are needed to collect water, albeit dirty. We can help girls stay in school to get the education they need and improve the quality of life for these villages by funding wells. This is Karen Flewelling’s mission.

Drilling for Hope is a component fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.