Drilling for Hope


 Spring 2017: Uganda & Tanzania

In March and April of 2017,  Karen will be traveling to Uganda and Tanzania to fund water wells and donate other materials to schools, health centers and villages.  Through the generous donations of our supporters, Karen will be providing the following:


The Mission:

  • 8 Hand-drilled wells – $45,000
  • School supplies, chickens – $500
  • 2 Borehole wells- $17,000


This will be Karen’s 9th trip to Tanzania, a country on the east coast of Africa.  Thus far, she has funded 20 wells for schools and health clinics in remote villages.  Each year upon her return, she visits these wells to make sure they are working.

This year, for the first time,  Karen will be working hard to help women with micro financing.

The Mission:

  • 2 solar powered wells $31,300
  • Solar power for an existing well – $4,000
  • 15 Fistula operations $5000
  • School supplies/goats/chickens/soccer balls and uniforms $5000
  • Clean water buckets for children $2000
  • Micro financing for women $2000


Faces of Ethiopia

Drilling for Hope is the brainchild and philanthropic outreach of Karen Flewelling, a field hockey coach/retired teacher  who has traveled the world helping those in need for the past decade. International photographer Emma Dodge Hanson has been accompanying Karen on her trips to document the impact and power of her life-saving efforts. For a complete gallery of photos, click here.



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.