Wells Empower Women & Families In Africa Says Barbara Goldberg

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Goldberg & Kleyne Discuss Water Crisis in Africa. Kleyne & Goldberg Agree Water Most Important Priority.

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Date aired: November 6, 2017

Guest: Barbara Goldberg, Founder—Wells Bring Hope http://www.wellsbringhope.org

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, recently welcomed on air Barbara Goldberg, Founder of Wells Bring Hope to discuss the surprising impact of community water wells in Third World rural villages.

Goldberg spent much of her life as a successful marketing consultant for a Fortune 500 company, but beginning in 1993, seeking more meaning in her life, she brought together groups of women at her home in the context of salons. At one of these salons, a guest speaker described how many women in Africa walked miles every day just to fetch water in cisterns they had to balance on their heads. Goldberg and other salon members discussed whether or not this was a cause they might support and in 2003 they created the non-profit organization, Wells Bring Hope.

Goldberg explained how the salon would organize 25 women in a rural African village based on the centuries-old Tontin model of community collaboration. Each woman would contribute whatever they could to the mutual fund--$5.00, $10.00—and Goldberg and visiting salon members would mentor them on managing funds and best business practices. After a year or so, the women could apply for a micro-loan. This model of participation and organization was created in many villages.

Yet, organizing and learning how to manage funds wasn’t enough. Partnering with World Vision, Wells Bring Hope drilled wells in each village and returned every month for fifteen years to make sure they were being properly maintained. “New wells are great,” said Goldberg, “but sustainability is essential.” There were other important steps as well.

“Putting in a well is the easy part,” said Goldberg. “What is critical is teaching villagers to use latrines and learn about sanitation. We worked to teach villagers to wash their children’s faces several times a day,” Goldberg continued. Kleyne, the founder and director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, noted that conjunctivitis is a major cause of blindness among children in rural Africa and that regular face-washing can almost eliminate that threat. Kleyne also pointed out that disease and other illness can be greatly reduced by access to a limitless supply of fresh, pure water.

Another positive byproduct of the new wells is the rise of new schools and their accessibility to girls. Before the wells, girls could not attend school because they had to spend their entire day hiking to collect water and bring it back to their village. “A water well is empowering to an entire village, especially to women and girls,” said Goldberg, who urged listeners to visit http://www.wellsbringhope.org to learn more about the work of Wells Bring Hope and World Vision. “Water is the number one issue in the world,” said Goldberg, a fact that Kleyne has been teaching for years around the world.


We hope that you found this article useful and helpful regarding water use and health. If you would like to contact us with questions or your own insights and stories about water use and new water technology, you can do so at Sharon(at)biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr We would love to hear from you.

You can also listen to this radio program with guest Barbara Goldberg at https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/81302/the-sharon-kleyne-hour-monday-october-27-2014

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