Drilling for Hope


Join us for the 5th annual Faces gallery opening and fundraiser to celebrate and support Karen’s humanitarian work. Tickets available online or at the door.

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

This year, because of the generosity of our donors, Karen was able to fund 12 wells, provide livestock and much more …


8 wells in Southern Uganda, as well as soccer balls, goats and pigs.

6 spring fed, 2 hand drilled wells at 5 different schools to provide clean water to:

  • 200 students, 470 villagers
  • 213 students, 496 villagers
  • 157 students, 476 villagers
  • 450 students, 1395 villagers
  • 190 students, 1204 villagers

At 1 health center, school, college and village with:

  • 350 primary students
  • 150 college students
  • 450 villagers

In 2 villages with:

  • 104 families, 740 villagers
  • 117 families, 702 villagers

Northern Uganda:

2 Wells
Deep bore hole wells, using hand pumps; 1 unsuccessful
Soccer balls
Water canisters


2 solar powered, deep bore hole wells in remote areas with no electricity or running water

At 2 schools with:

  • 621 students, 4820 villagers
  • 313 students, 1354 villagers

Goats and chickens provided to both schools where the wells are located, as well as local women’s groups.
Jerry Cans were provided to each child in the schools, as well as 5 sets of uniforms and balls to five schools in the area.

Finally, approximately 15 Fistula operations were performed at the CCBRT Hospital thanks to the generosity if your support.


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.