Drilling for Hope





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.

Where will Karen go next? Below are details of Karen’s next trip and details for the fundraising efforts.

March, 2015:


2 Wells – $19,956
School supplies/soccer /goats/chickens – $2500

Total – $22,456

Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.  It is one of the ten poorest nations in the World, and the people are desperately in need of clean water. Using natural springs Karen will fund 2 gravity-fed, safe water systems and together with the Madagascar Development Fund, will  offer clean, easily accessible water.


2 solar powered wells – $31,300
Concrete and tilapia for a fish pond -$5700
Fistula Operations – $5000
School supplies/goats/chickens/soccer – $2500

Total – 45,500

This will be Karen’s 20th international trip, and her 7th to Tanzania. She returns each year to fund new wells and check on wells already financed. With the government adding solar power to the previous wells, they have become partners. In 2015, Karen will donate 2 wells in remote areas and build a fish pond at a school so the children will have protein in their diet. Donations will also be applied to school supplies, goats, chickens, and soccer equipment as well as my continued  support of Fistula operations in Dar es Salaam.


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.