Marion Medical Mission
Shallow Wells for Clean Water in Africa
|"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."|
The cost of a shallow well is $400 which is one of the best bargains imaginable. For that price, 100's of lives are changed and many lives saved.
In February 2011, Marion Medical Mission's board of directors made the decision to raise the cost of a shallow well to $400. We had held the price at $300 since early in the 90's, and then in 2007 had to raise it to $350 - - - remarkable! We had never previously increased the price of a shallow well. For well over a decade, as we increased the number of wells, we were able to work smarter and more efficiently to hold the cost constant. MMM, however, cannot out-smart inflation forever. The cost of diesel fuel has doubled. Prices on all materials to construct wells have gone up. Transportation costs in Africa have increased dramatically. Tax situations have changed.
Providing safe, clean drinking water for a village at $400 is still a bargain for donors and a God-send for villagers. Please know that every penny of the $400 will go to construct a shallow well. Volunteers still labor without pay and pay their own travel expenses to Africa and living expenses while there. MMM still deducts no over head costs.