Drilling for Hope


Faces of Ethiopia: June 9, 2016

Karen’s latest life-saving efforts brought her to Ethiopia & Tanzania in March, where Emma Dodge Hanson beautifully captured her work and the lives of those she touched.

Join us for our annual fundraiser and gallery opening of this photographic journey, June 9 at 6 p.m. at Spring Street Gallery, 112 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Tickets are $30, and go directly to the cause. The event is fully staffed and catered thanks to the generosity of our volunteers.

Buy tickets online or at the door. To buy online, visit our Brown Paper Tickets page: Buy Tickets >>

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.