THE CLEAN WATER FOUNDATION INC

Wheels and Wells for Africa

aka Wheels and Wells for Africa   |   Atlanta, GA   |  thecleanwaterfoundation.org

Mission

Our organization works in Uganda, in the rugged area bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, the heart of central Africa. The subsistence villagers get by with what food they can grow, and the few things they can trade for if their excess produce can be brought to the central markets. Assistance from the distant third world Central Government is non existent. There is no plumbing or electricity, and the roads, such as they are, are pot holed, unpaved, often impassible due to mud and washouts. Many are only really paths through the jungle. Pandinga our first borehole site, spent two weeks just prior to our first visit manually manually beating down the brush and widening the foot path so our Land Rover could make the last 2 miles of our journey after we left the dirt "road" and made our way to the village. This inspection led to our first deep well project. We are committed to boring deep wells to provide a permanent nearby source of clean pure drinking water to entire villages. The cost of a well is about $10-$12,000.00, a sum impossible without outside assistance. A well immediately raises the standard of living and the life expectancy of all of its inhabitants. We are committed to provide bicycles to impoverished villagers. By changing the mode of transportation from feet to a bicycle, one hour can take someone 12 miles instead of only 4 miles. This opens up previously unattainable employment possibilities located beyond daily walking range. This can more than double the household income for a family, and forever raise that families standard of living.

Ruling year info

2009

Chairman

Mr. Clifford J Steele

Main address

370 River Valley Rd

Atlanta, GA 30328 USA

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EIN

27-0477055

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Management & Technical Assistance (E02)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Well Boring

Creating boreholes for deep water wells to provide a permanent source of clean, pure water to an entire village.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We give bicycles to poor families. These are the only means of transportation other than walking. There are no paved roads, and no public transportation in the areas we serve. This facilitates travel to school, and expands the search area for employment possibilities.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People of African descent
Unemployed people
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training programs created

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Extremely poor people, People of African descent, Unemployed people

Related Program

Well Boring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programs teach avoidance of contamination of pure water; maintenance and repair of the borehole, pump systems, and solar arrays; and administration of finances allocated to future maintenance. 

Number of trainees successfully carrying out desired practices at least once to appropriate problems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Well Boring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, People of African descent, Extremely poor people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Well Boring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

7 young men are trained to use the tools purchased with the well for maintenance and repair. A group is trained to teach villagers water safety & hygiene when carrying pure water from the pump.

Estimated number of new funding sources secured for the sector

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, People of African descent, Extremely poor people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Well Boring

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although number of new donors has diminished, the frequency and amounts contributed by existing and new donors has increased, allowing decreased time needed for collection of funds between projects.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We will provide as many bicycles and drill as many boreholes as we can raise money for. The need is almost endless, and we can scale up our production in direct proportion to the funds we are able to raise.

We are using direct mail, application for grants, social media, and reaching out to the general public for monetary assistance.
We are exploring new avenues for revenue production, and will also seek crowd sourcing help for our projects.

We have a social media friends list of over 1000, and a mailing list of over 500. We are capable of reaching all of these individuals by personal contact.
Since each project stands on its own, as funds are received which cover the cost of either a borehole or a bike purchase, the project is undertaken and quickly completed. We have a long term team of volunteers in Uganda, who help with many local details and who work at no cost to the Foundation. Our Foundation has a primary goal of putting at least 95% of collected funds directly into our projects. So far, although we are working on a small scale, our non project expenses (State corporate fees, government fees, etc,) have been less than 1% of revenue, and over 99% of collections either buys bikes or drills wells.

Progress
Our successful borehole project now brings water to two villages .
Disapppointment
After 3 dry holes were dug in our last attempt, we were forced to abandon the project in that particular village, as after boring over 600 meters with no practical return of water it was determined that village was not a site which would be able to sustain a water producing borehole.
We are now identifying the next village for our borehole project.

We have given away many bikes, but there is no end to the need. There is no disappointment here, other than the frustration of wanting to do more than our immediate funding will allow, and not being able to do our work on a much faster timetable that more funding will permit.

Financials

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THE CLEAN WATER FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Clifford Steele

Halley Morochnik

Jason Steele

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/5/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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