Torkelson009_1Though we depend largely on the generosity of our donors and word-of-mouth publicity, the Drilling for Hope fund gets contributions through occasional fundraising activities.


September 27, 4-9 pm
Mama Mia’s restaurant
25% of the gross sales donated to DFH

Faces of Uganda
June 13, 6-9 pm
Spring Street Gallery


Every Tuesday in June, 9 Miles East farm will donate 20% of their pizza sales to Drilling for Hope
May 26th20121108_Kathmandu-321-2
Harvest & Hearth Restaurant
50% gross sales donated to Drilling for Hope

March 7th
Spa Catholic School, Saratoga Springs, New York
2-4 pm

May 7th
Spring St. Gallery, Saratoga Springs
6 pm

February 27th
Glens Falls, New York
6-8 pm


This year, we presented Faces of Rwanda. During Karen’s trip to Rwanda March 19 – March 30, Emma will again be in tow, photographing her efforts and those whose quality of life has so drastically improved thanks to her aid.

We are adding to the event with our “Send a Selfie to Rwanda” campaign, making a direct connection between supporters and those they’ve helped. “Selfies” of participants  are brought to Rwanda, where Emma will capture an image of a child holding their photograph. Donations are welcome, though not required. These children are selected by Karen following careful research to determine those with the greatest need. Donations will fund their uniforms, school supplies and tuition.

A benefit to support Drilling for Hope was held at Chez Pierre Restaurant in Gansevoort, NY on March 6, 2014 where Karen also invited Dr. John Streit – a retired local physician who helped to support, create and sustain the Kigali Medical University in Rwanda.  Given their common interest in supporting the communities there, Karen wanted to help John’s efforts in some way and was able to contribute $5000 to the Kigali Medical University Foundation to be used as a stipend for a female medical student.


Our first event, Faces of Nepal  on May 16, 2013 was awe-inspring.  Faces of Nepal was a collaboration between Karen Flewelling & Emma Dodge Hanson – as Karen travelled, drilling wells and negotiating costs of livestock and supplies for families in need, Emma took photographs that would forever document the tireless efforts of Karen’s philanthropic work.  A gallery exhibit of these photos, complete with music and goats, raised over $7,000.