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WATER FOR HUMANITY E-NEWSLETTER
Volume 3, Number 3: June, 2011

 Submitted by WFH Secretary Steve Herbert 

Welcome to the Water for Hu= manity E-Newsletter, created to keep you the membership and our supporters = better informed of the activities of the WFH Fund, in supplement to our reg= ular postings in the American Dowser.

 

ASD Finger Lakes Chapter fund-raising activity:

One of the most ardent supporters of the activities of the WFH Fund among = the ASD chapters has been the Finger Lakes Chapter of New York. In March of= 2008, for example, this chapter under the leadership of President Wil Alau= ra, sponsored a concert featuring Robert Coxan which netted over $3,000 for= WFH’s general fund. Most recently they conducted a bake sale which r= aised a few hundred dollars. The following was Wil’s description of t= he event:
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“Successful and Fun!!! The F= inger Lakes Chapter recently had another Bake Sale to benefit Water for Hum= anity, and it was a lot of fun to organize and attend. We began by sending = out a simple email to our members stating that we would be having a bake sa= le the same night as our regular meeting, and the response was great! Every= thing was placed on the tables before the meeting began and raffle tickets = were sold. All were welcome to walk over and purchase anything they wanted = before we began our meeting. Then, towards the end, we had the drawing of t= he names for the three most desirable entrees (usually large baskets that c= ontain all sorts of goodies) and then auctioned off the rest until every la= st item was purchased and gone! An overwhelming amount of over $435 was tak= en in and will be donated to Water for Humanity. There were cakes, cookies,= healthy muffins, baskets filled with granolas and fruit, a cookbook by a l= ocal farm owner, and donations from all sorts of businesses, etc…We = had a lot of fun doing this and past bake sales. We explain what the money = goes for and how Water for Humanity operates, as well as the benefits of ev= ery dollar collected at the sale…What a fun evening and educational,= too! This year the benefit coincided with Earth Week. We should all try to= Think and Do more to our Quality of Life for the Planet and Our Resources!=

04/21/11  ASD – Finger Lakes Chapter=

 

 

The Passing of Sathya Sai Baba:3D""   On Easter Sunday, t= he 24th of  April, Hindu guru Sathy= a Sai Baba passed from his physical form at the age of 84 near his southern= Indian ashram. Considered an avatar and revered around the world, this spi= ritual master played a part in the history of Water for Humanity when on th= e occasion of former WFH Chairperson Joe Ann van Gelder’s trip to Ind= ia in March of 2003, the work of the WFH Fund was blessed by Sai Baba.



To read the tribute to= Sathya Sai Baba, click here


3D""Convention Raffle:
   It’s th= at time of year again to put out the call for donations of items to the WFH= Raffle, held at the annual ASD national convention. These can be mailed to= ASD Headquarters, P.O. Box 24, Danville, Vermon= t05828, or you can bring them= with you to convention. Last year in Lyndonville, we raised over $8,000 fo= r wells and other water resources projects around the globe, and set a reco= rd for raffle ticket sales. Your generosity can make a tremendous differenc= e in lives of many in critical need of this vital resource. Sue Dillon did = a tremendous job last year as Raffle Chairperson and has volunteered to ser= ve this role once again. Any questions can be directed to her at 789 Laten Knight Roa= d

, = Cranston, RI02921, by phone at (401) 828-7018 or by email at suedillon@coz.net. If you would like to volunteer at the WFH table, = please go to www.dowsers.org and click on Early Registration to = get to the application.
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Committee Profile:   In t= his issue we are continuing with the tenth in a series, in which in order t= o help you come to know the people on your WFH Committee, each issue we wil= l feature a profile of one of the Committee members. In this issue, we feat= ure the drilling advisor to our committee, Mr. Rob Thompson of Sant= a Rosa, CA. Rob officially joined the WFH Committee as Drilling Advisor by vo= te of the standing committee on August 7th of 2009 at that year&= rsquo;s annual convention in Killington, VT. He assumed the position held previously by Porky Cutter.

 

Rob = Thompson   -  = Water for Humanity Drilling Advisor

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In the early 1940's, my Grandfat= her purchased Weeks Drilling and Pump company, which was founded in 190= 6 in Sebastopol, Califormia. His four sons and their Mother, M= ary Thompson took over the business in 1949 when he passed away u= nexpectedly.  I am the Grandson, a third generation that grew up = around the water well drilling business. My first dowsed well was at the ag= e of 10 years old on my Dad's ranch.

     We owned and operated a number of d= iversified drilling rigs in northern California. The company&n= bsp;has Mud rotary rigs, air combo rigs,

hollow stem augers, a straight auger rig, an old buc= ket rig, and our casing driver, air rig. We drilled many wells for win= eries and agriculture in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and La= ke counties. We also drilled many wells for cities, schools, = and residential homes. 

      I part owned the company for 10 y= ears, managing and estimating water wells and pump systems while at th= e company. In the 90's we had approximately 70 employees working during the= economic boom. Wayne Thompson, my uncle, taught me how to dowse = at an early age. While I worked for the company I was well known for findin= g the best places to drill. When I sold my interest in the c= ompany in 2000 I started receiving calls for dowsing water wells.&nbsp= ;Currently I am a general building contractor and a dowser. I have been fea= tured in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal&nbs= p;and a few magazines.  Also, Channel 7 ABC and KT= VU filmed a couple of segments about my dowsing success.

    Drilling is a fascinating f= ield. When drilling into the earth we uncover millions of years of history.=  In our area we have found fossils, petrified redwood forests and=  diverse geology. The wells that I was involved in were= typically 100 to 500 foot in depth. However, in some areas we wo= uld drill 800 to 1,100 foot deep. We utilized both mud rigs and air rotary = drilling for most of the water wells in this area.

     I am married and have=  4 children, one girl and three boys. The boy and girl twins are = the oldest at 16 and the youngest is 9. I have taught them how to dows= e and a couple of them are pretty good.

To find out more about my dowsing you can c= heck out RobThompsondowsing.com web site.      

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To view M= r. Thompson’s contact information, click here


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Volunteer travels an= d projects:   This issue we fe= ature WFH grant recipient Richard Roy of Laval, Quebec, f= ounder and director of the non-profit organization Eau Sans Frontiers. Rich= ard just returned from his most recent trip to Haiti in April of this year.= His article below recounts how he often trains dowsers, but he had to teac= h himself to drill below teaching others how to use portable and motorized = drilling equipment. Then faced with insufficiency of funds, they solved the= problem by using hand-augering technology.

 

Dowsing, a path to another world 3D""

= Dowsing is an int= eresting experience, a way of life, a path to meeting new people, a needed = trade to help those in need, a means to visiting new places and an invitati= on to learning more about water.

Dowsing = has taken me to many different situations, looking for lost articles, missi= ng persons, locating a new well, diverting water veins, clearing entities, = training in three languages, and now training people to dig wells using man= y different tools.


Richard poses with a completed well
with India Mark II p= ump in
Ile-a-Vache, Haiti


My first experience in Haiti made me aware of t= he needs, the cost of drilling for a well and the limited tooling available= to drill or dig for a well.

Not having th= e experience in the use of a drilling machine, I was introduced to a new ap= proach. We had to buy a portable drill, have it shipped, and process it thr= ough customs. I was not mechanically trained and I as yet had no experience= in drilling a well.

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To read the rest of Richard’s article with photos, click here
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Appropriate Technolo= gy Feature: Hand-augered wells

 

3D""In each issue of the WFH E-Newsle= tter, we feature some aspect of appropriate technology, which is defined as= technologies which are simple, yet effective, and can be produced or repai= red with locally available materials and locally accessible parts.

These technologies are appropriate where the rural peoples of deve= loping countries have the capability of operating, maintaining and repairin= g such equipment, and where the technology is financially within their gras= p. This issue we feature the subject of hand-augering wells.

 

HAND-AUGERED WATER WELLS

by Steve Herbert

 


Benito Jasmin of the US Partners of the Americas
program= (left) poses with Baptist missionary Wayne Niles (right)
as they disp= lay custom hand augers fabricated by Wayne in Haiti

In developing= countries, the hiring of a truck-mounted drilling rig to drill a bore hole= is very often cost prohibitive for the average family, or even community. = Even use of the portable drilling equipment such as the DeepRock HydraDrill= which Water for Humanity has used in Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti can p= resent its financial challenges. However, sometimes where the groundwater i= s shallow enough and where the ground is sufficiently soft, simple manual t= echnologies are a possibility. Hand-augering is one such technique.

An auger is basicall= y a cylinder with teeth on the lower end when positioned vertically, and is= attached to a “T” handle on the upper end to manually turn the= whole assembly. As the assembly is positioned on the ground and turned, th= e teeth cut into the earth and draw the auger deeper by its own weight and = pressure applied by the operators. Alternatively, an auger bit may consist = of a stem with a spiraling blade such that typical of post-hole diggers. Th= is version screws itself into the earth as it is turned. All augers require= that the assembly be retracted every few inches to clear the hole of cutti= ngs.

 

To read the res= t of this article with photos, click here

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Project Completion R= eport:   This issue we feature= a completion report from the organization Konditi Developmen= t Initiative International (KODI) of western Kenya. Dr. Daniel Ochiel, = founder and director of KODI, currently doing his medical internship in Bos= ton, recently completed a trip to Kenya from February 11th to Ma= rch 16th to oversee a ceramic water filter distribution project = and initiate a hand dug well for the local hospital, all funded by WFH. A r= eport on the former follows.

3D""Secretary’s note:   In collaboration with the organizat= ion World Partners in Education, based in Hanover, NH. Our relationship wit= h KODI began with a hand-dug well constructed in the Kisumu region of weste= rn Kenya in 2009. Daniel Ochiel, then a medical student at Dartmouth pursui= ng a PhD in Physiology (and now an intern in the infectious disease unit at= Boston University), is a native of the Kisumu region and was our liaison f= or the project. Daniel first heard of Water for Humanity and Steve Herbert = through the Developing Country Network (wwwdevelopingcountrynetwork.org) wh= ich meets just across the river at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwi= ch, VT. The well project for Konditi Primary School and surrounding commun= ity was reported in the June 2009 WFH E-Newsletter.

Mr. James Akelo, KODI Kenya director, explains the
mainten= ance of the ceramic water filter in a workshop
given to the 25 recipie= nts

The next project was also conducted in partnership with the o= rganization World Partners in Education (worldpartner.org) based in Hanover= , NH. This was a composting latrine custom designed to serve the 150 female= students of the Konditi Primary School. Previously, two small pit latrin= es served the entire school of 300 students. This project was conducted bet= ween September 2009 and June of 2010, and reported in the October 2010 E-Ne= wsletter.

A t= hird grant was approved for this organization, this time in collaboration w= ith the Hitchcock Foundation of Hanover, NH, for the distribution of cerami= c water filters in Kokech village of the Kisimu region (report below). More= recently, a generous grant from the Debley Foundation was awarded to WFH t= o be applied to the construction of a dug well for the local hospital, whic= h has never before had any water on site except what was trucked in at grea= t expense. This project is still in progress.

To read the completion report with photos, click here

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A filter distrib= uted by WFH sits in a home in Konditi, Kenya



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A label explaining the use and maintenance of the ceramic water filter in= the language of Swahili

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Steve Herbert, Secretary3D""
Water for Humanity
American Society of Dowsers

waterdowser@hotmail.com
603-616-7872


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