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The Gift of Water Live Chat Transcript

If you missed the chat with Jane and her guests David Simms and Ken Wood, you can catch the conversation here.

Comment from Bruce: Is there an opportunity for voluntourism around something like Ken Wood and drilling wells in Africa?

Simms: Bruce, one organization for voluntourism might be Kiva, which helps support microfinance organizations all over the world. Volunteers go out to take pictures and write down the story of clients from poor families who are being served by microfinance. Have fun!

Pauley: Bruce, additionally the AARP website is a wonderful resource for voluntourism. Click on this link for information and a video on voluntourism.

Comment from Gretchen: Message to Kate - have you contacted Hands to Hearts International? They work with orphanages and are an excellent organization.

Comment from Tom: Ken, is there a system in place to assure a long working life of the well, i.e. repairing pumps if they fail, etc.?

Wood: Tom, yes, we have health officers monitoring the wells and we will help replace a pump if they don't save their money the first time, and reeducate them so that they do save their money over the long haul.

Comment from Carrie: Ken, do you know when efforts to drill in Tanzania would begin?

Wood: We have $300,000 worth of equipment waiting to go to Tanzania. We have a driller lined up and all we need is $150,000 more to send the rigs.

Comment from Steve: Donation sent to Ken's organization.

Wood: Steve -- thank you very much! It is well-needed and 100% of the money goes to the work we do. We hope you inspire others to donate too!

Comment from Gretchen: Maggie - also school gardens are huge now - at least on the West coast. You could partner with a school that needs your expertise.

Comment from Rich: Ken, have you been able to determine the medical and community issues in some of the towns that you drilled wells for first have gotten better?

Wood: Recently revisiting a village of 2,000, the chief you saw in the segment made the statement that all waterborne diseases have ceased. That's a huge statement.

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