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Introducing the Village Drill

Mothers Without Borders is a non-profit organization working in Zambia, Africa where we work do develop communities and provide support for orphaned and vulnerable children. We partner with local organizations to provide food, housing, education and care for hundreds of children daily while also offering adult caregivers literacy and business skills training.

We are seeking $66,000 to provide clean water and jobs for families caring for orphans in Zambia.



Clean water is the beginning of the transformation of a society. It immediately impacts sanitation, school attendance, community health, and leads to increased farming yields. In Zambia, access to clean water is extremely limited due to the high cost of drilling wells with large mechanical drill rigs.

The Village Drill, created by the organization, is a manually operated drill that requires no heavy machinery and reduces the cost of drilling to a fraction of traditional well costs.  Although countless organizations work every day to bring clean water to those who need it, most do so at an unsustainable cost. The Village Drill uses a team of 4-6 operators to manually drill a well in about 3 days. The drill can be broken down into parts for easy transportation, allowing access to nearly 100% of the population where drilling is possible.


We plan to purchase a Village Drill here in the USA and drill three test wells as we learn how to operate it efficiently. Then we will ship the drill to Zambia, distribute the supplies, and train a team of local technicians to operate the drill.

Breakdown Summary                                                   Cost                             Timeline         

Purchase of 1 Village Drill                                          $25,000                       May 2018

Drill 3 test wells in USA                                              $2,000                         June 2018

Ship the drill to Zambia                                              $4,000                         June 2018

Travel & per diem for duration of project                  $15,000                       Sept 2018

Drill 3 wells at MWB program site                             $20,000                       Sept 2018

Total Investment:                                                       $66,000


  • Immediately provide water for 500 Zambian families within the first year.
  • Provide employment for up to 5 families.
  • Drill up to 5 wells each year to provide potable water for vulnerable communities, impacting over 1,000 people each.