Donation FAQs

How much does it cost to build one well?    
Currently, the full cost to drill a well is $15,000.  The total cost of a well is determined by the cost of materials in Africa, the difficulty in transporting these materials into remote areas, and the rocky soil through which we often drill.   In addition, we must often drill 100 to 300 feet down to reach the renewable aquifer, which will not run out during the dry season and ensures that villagers have a consistent source of water year-round.

How do we get our name or school on a well?  
Donors who reach the $15,000 level of donation can choose to have their name on a well. We also offer naming rights beginning at the $5,000 level of donation. At this level, we sometimes share naming of the well and can add up to three group names on a well. Please see well sponsorship page for more information.

Do I need to let you know if I plan to sponsor a well?   
You don't need to let us know if you plan to raise money and send the full amount of your sponsorship in all at once. However, if you plan to raise money over the course of months or years, we'd like to know so we can help you keep track of how much you've raised.

How do I keep track of how many donations have come in for my well sponsorship? 
There are a few ways to keep track of fundraising efforts when you're aiming for well sponsorship.

1) Send in checks you collect from fundraising events with a Donation Summary Form. That way, the WFSS staff will know that those donations were meant for your well sponsorship.

2) Start an online fundraiser. WFSS will automatically receive funds raised online this way, and all funds will come to us with your fundraiser name on them.

3) Tell donors who are sending us donations online or by mail in your name to share that information with us.

Where do we send donations? 
Donations may be sent to Water for South Sudan, Inc., PO Box 25551, Rochester, NY 14625, or you may donate online with a credit card. Donations may also be wired to us or sent through ACH. Read more about how to donate.

I am outside of the US.  Can I still donate?  
Of course!  We do prefer that donations from outside the US be converted to US Dollars.  Please see question above for where to send donations.