How are villages chosen for a new well?

WTW Togo office staff keep a running list of requests from villages.  Our staff personally visits each village that submits a request of need to better understand and confirm population and distance that villagers must walk to obtain water. Village requests are then prioritized on the gathered information.

What is the process for a village obtaining a new well?

WTW is committed to ensuring the sustainability of our wells.  As part of this we ask each person in the village to contribute a small sum of money that is kept in a bank account by the village to ensure there are funds to maintain the well after it is completed.  Once this is done, WTW begins the process of building the well.

Are villagers trained to maintain the well after completion?

Yes, WTW considers it very important that the villagers are committed to the maintenance of the well and a core group is trained in how to maintain the well in good working order.

Who repairs the well that is broken?

If the villagers cannot handle a repair, WTW’s team sends a qualified technician to enact the necessary repairs.

What company actually builds the wells?

The company, ETS. LA Tonalite, is based in Togo.  This is the company used to build the wells.

Are there staff located on the ground in Togo?

Yes. An all-volunteer staff runs our office in Togo.

How many villages are on the waiting list for a new well?

As of today, there are 24 villages on the prioritized waiting list. There are hundreds more that are in need.

Can a new well be built whenever funding is available?

No, because the climate in Northern Togo is  6 months of rain and 6 months of drought.  Wells can only be dug during the drought season.

Where can I see what wells have been built to date?

You view our projects here.

Can I see your financial statements?

Yes, we are committed to total transparency. See here.