Drilling for Hope

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.

Next trip: March, 2016

Current Fundraising efforts are in support of Karen’s next trip to provide clean water in Ethiopia.


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