Drilling for Hope

Nepal

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With your donations I was able to accomplish the following: FILTERS AND WELLS I funded six wells at schools in Parasi, located in the south of Nepal.  This will affect over 2000 children.  In addition I donated 34 water filters.  The filters are of two kinds; the Sono filter to take out arsenic and 99.9% of other impurities, and the Sawyer filter to remove bacteria and silt in wells less than 40 feet deep.  I did this in partnership with Filters for Families. FRUIT Working with Keenan’s Kids I supported…read more

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Karen interviewed for “It’s What We Do”

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Karen was recently interviewed for the New York State United Teachers’ website: It’s What We Do: “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi She turns worry into water. When Karen Flewelling of Saratoga saw the lengths people in Third World countries go to in order to get clean water – their supplies often dripping with poisons and filth – she became willing to go to great lengths to help out. She flies to jungles, deserts and bush lands to get wells drilled. It wasn’t how…read more

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Recent article highlights Karen’s work and her book!

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From The Saratogian, September 30, 2013: Local author Karen Flewelling to speak Tuesday on worldwide journey SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Author Karen Flewelling will present her book, “Drilling for Hope: One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northshire Bookstore at 424 Broadway. Flewelling, of Saratoga Springs, is a Shaker High School girls athletic director and physical education teacher, who is still active coaching field hockey.

Since retiring, she has made 20 humanitarian trips to 14 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. “Next spring I’m planning to…read more

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Presentation at Skidmore

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Come out and support Drilling for Hope. Karen will be presenting a slide show from her travels, as well as signing copies of her book, Drilling for Hope – One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water. Post by Drilling for Hope.

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Coverage in Tanzania

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  Karen came across an old newspaper piece on her humanitarian efforts! Over 800 households in Kwa Chale and Golani villages in Kigamboni area, Dar es Salaam region will benefit from two deep water wells drilled at a cost of 54m- with the financial support from the African Reflections Foundation (ARF) and Karen’s Water Fund of United States. Read more … Over 800 Dar households to benefit from water project The article, published by IPP Media – one of East Africa’s largest media conglomerates – was featured in a piece…read more

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Nominate to help Drilling for Hope!

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Great Non Profits & Huffington Post have partnered to provide a unique platform to raise awareness of small non profits. Nominations are currently being accepted for inspiring and recognition-worthy non profit organizations. We need your vote! Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has been so instrumental in the fundraising and liaising that make Drilling for Hope a reality. Please visit the Great Non Profits nominations page for more information. It takes just a moment and the ripple effect  could help fund Karen’s trip to Rwanda and Tanzania in March. Search for Community Foundation…read more

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Fundraising for Maternal Health in Africa

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In many African villages where Karen volunteers, women do not have access to proper obstetric and gynecological care that supports a healthy Mother & Child birthing experience – something that has become an almost  “fashionable” luxury here in the United States. For example, according to the World Health Organization, 287, 000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth in  2010.  A major contributor to maternal mortality is obstructed labor – often caused by easily preventable complications were basic medical resources available. In fact, 100,000 obstetric fistula cases resulting from childbirth occur worldwide…read more

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U.S. Promises Aid to Tanzania

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If you have followed the news lately, you may have heard that the Obama administration has agreed to provide aid to the people of Tanzania. According to the New York Times, Obama has promised to help sustain the economic growth that Africa has recently enjoyed, and his conversation with President Kikwete resulted in a dedication to the continued efforts in improving the lives of Africans on economic, agricultural and technological fronts. Karen has long since known the struggles facing the people in Tanzania. Here she is with President Kikwete during a…read more

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Wells in Tanzania

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I just found out that all of the wells I have funded will receive solar panels. The government under Renewable Energy Authority are funding the panels for my wells that at the moment are run by generators.  That is wonderful.  Tanzania has the sun, and this will use it.

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Book

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I just received the cover for my book “Drilling for Hope: One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water” to proof.  This is exciting!!  It should be released in early September.  All of the proceeds will go toward providing potable, easily accessible water to those in need.

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