Progress Report: Yellow Thunder Drills First Well in Merara Village

Progress Report: Yellow Thunder Drills First Well in Merara Village

Never Settle partnered with charity: water during during their 2011 September Campaign to fund a drilling rig fleet serving Tigray, Ethiopia. Since the rig arrived on the ground, charity: water has tracked it on a map that you can follow live. You can also follow Yellow Thunder on Twitter to get updates straight to your news feed.

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On February 27, 2012, Yellow Thunder broke ground drilling its first well in Merara Village, Ethiopia. Hours into the drill, we hit a massive aquifer of pure ground water. Less than a year later, our second drilling rig is out in the field hard at work. Each rig will go on to drill 80 new wells, and together they’ll change 80,000 lives — every single year for the next 15 years.  Watch the video to see Yellow Thunder hit water for the first time.

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR LOCAL PARTNERS

Our local partner in Ethiopia, Relief Society of Tigray (REST), plans to serve 100% of northern Ethiopia with access to clean water. Their strategy includes many water solutions: drilled wells, hand-dug wells and spring protections, to name a few. We want to help them reach the target number of drilled wells sooner, which will speed up their plan to provide everyone with clean water.

THE GOAL : 100% COVERAGE.

Our local partner Relief Society of Tigray (REST), plans to serve 100% of northern Ethiopia with access to clean water. Their strategy includes many water solutions: drilled wells, hand-dug wells, spring protections and rainwater catchments, to name a few. We want to help them reach the target number of drilled wells sooner, which will speed up their plan to achieve 100% coverage.

WHAT A DRILLING RIG CAN DO.

Currently, REST has three drilling rigs working at full capacity. A new drilling rig fleet allows REST to drill up to 80 new wells per year, which can provide 40,000 more people with access to clean drinking water. That means that in 15 years, we can provide water for 600,000 people — people who otherwise would’ve waited on a long list for their village’s well.

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