About Karen Flewelling



After retiring from teaching, Karen volunteered for Earthwatch and other international service organizations to help save endangered species. She has traveled to Africa, Vietnam, North, Central, and South America. It was during these travels that she set her sights on another cause – to help families struggling in other countries. She began in 200

KF5 in Kenya, where she donated 28 goats for 25 families who had no male in the household. Subsequently Karen has implemented 2 Projects each year. She has funded wells, donated goats, pigs, chickens, school supplies, soccer balls, food and medicine in 13 countries. She has also sponsored children in 3 countries to get an education.

Karen w President Kikwete

Karen with the President of Tanzania, President Kikwete

Through the generosity of our donors, Drilling for Hope provides wells and livestock to communities around the globe in need of clean water. We also sponsor children who would otherwise not receive an education. Additionally, funding is applied to the purchase of school supplies and sports equipment, as well as medical supplies and funding/equipment for  medical care. Karen pays her own travel expenses, as well as food and lodging; every donation goes 100% to the people and well drilling endeavors.

The Drilling for Hope website was designed to help Karen Flewelling continue to build wells in villages where water is not accessible, and where the resulting ripple effect has had serious health consequences for the communities.