All donations made to Drilling for Hope go directly to the villages Karen helps. She pays all of her own travel and lodging expenses. The major thrust of the funds will go toward the funding of water wells. These wells will enable entire villages to have clean, easily accessible water. It will mean girls can attend school, mothers will have more time to devote to their families, crops can be watered, and all the villagers will be healthier. In addition, the funds will be used for school supplies, goats and chickens, soccer balls and uniforms, fistula operations, and improving medical care.