Why Can’t Every Cent Go To Drilling, or Buying Bikes?
Most of it does.
While most of our overhead resources are donated by the founder of our organization, attorney Clifford J. Steele (office, rent, utilities, office services, international and local phone expenses, internet, computers and business equipment, postage, office supplies and other expenses), there are a few expenses our organization must pay. These include minor costs of stationery, annual corporate fees to the State of Georgia, IRS fees to register and maintain 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service, and incorporation and other miscellaneous small expenses.
Gifts of food or clothing are temporary. A permanent source of clean drinking water permanently changes the life of large numbers of people, one village at a time.
In every place we drill a well, we also teach sustainable methods that enable the village population to enjoy clean, cold, life giving drinking water. We establish a method by which this becomes a permanent addition to the health and life of the people in the targeted village. The residents become jointly responsible for supporting all costs associated with operation and maintenance of the borehole, generator, pump, plumbing and storage tank.
You can take pleasure in the knowledge that your donation will be used on a particular well project where you can see the direct result of your donation. You can visit the village and see the miracle you helped to achieve for these subsistence villagers. This gift will undoubtedly save the lives and improve the health of many children for generations to come.
Bicycle Purchase Program
If you like the feeling of directly benefiting one, providing a bicycle is the equivilent of buying someone a car in this country. Bicycles in Uganda have been outfitted as ambulances, pickup trucks, school buses, and passenger vehicles, all built on the basic bike. Virtually no one outside government has cars in these rural areas, the roads are mostly dirt. Walking, often as much as 20 miles a day, is normal for these villagers to get to a hospital, clean water sources, or retail shopping areas. A bicycle can reduces travel time by as much as 80%.
It is our goal that 98 cents or more of every dollar will be used directly to drill a well or purchase and distribute a bicycle. Compare our 2% overhead to the 20% to 88% lost to overhead other charities incur in fund raising commissions and other expenses we have worked to eliminate..
To date, Wheels and Wells for Africa has only incurred the costs of stationery, annual corporate fees to the State of Georgia, IRS fees to register as a 501c3 corporation, incorporation fees and other minor miscellaneous expenses.
It is our goal that 98 cents or more of every dollar will be used directly to drill a well or purchase and distribute a bicycle.
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