The Need



It is not unusual for people in rural villages to travel seven miles or more to fetch water from a nearly dried up river bed. Whatever amount of water they find is distributed among all the neighbors and the elderly in the village.

Simba Maswela, Founding Board Member, Drill4Life

Our Mission333

Our Mission is simple: To bring the one thing that most people take for granted here in the United States of America: Clean, fresh, sustainable water! Drill4Life’s goal is to provide this life giving resource to the people of villages of Zimbabwe and to help support health and life for generations to come.

Your charitable donations will give us the means and the ability to drill boreholes and build wells that provide villages with essential water resources for drinking, cooking, good hygiene, growing food and maintaining animals.


  • Body Weight is about 60% water.
  • Muscle is nearly 75% water.
  • Fat is approximately 50% water.
  • Bones are composed of 50% water.

The Need to Drill4Life

Water is a very important element in our lives. We need water to drink, to cook, to wash our bodies and our, to grow food or plants, for household cleaning and many other things.

Healthy people can live up to eight weeks, and sometimes more, without food but even the fittest person in great shape and in ideal weather conditions, is only able to survive 3-5 days on average without water.


aboutIn 1980, spirits were high when Zimbabwe gained its long fought for independence as a nation. Back then, those who were grateful and excited about the future had no clue that their biggest battles in the New Millennium would be the fight to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, women and men and the struggle to provide safe, fresh drinking water for the people of Zimbabwe.

Due to a difficult political and economic situation, Zimbabwe’s water supply and sanitation services have suffered a major collapse of coverage and quality in both urban and rural areas. In fact, rural water services have been on a steady decline since 1990 with many rural boreholes and wells the main stay of the rural water infrastructure becoming non functional.

Eighteen percent of Zimbabwe’s population does not have access to improved drinking water sources. Fifty-six percent do not have
access to improved sanitation facilities.



Today, 98% of those without an improved drinking water source live in rural areas and up to 42% of the rural population still practices open defecation leaving millions of Zimbabweans at risk of waterborne diseases including cholera.

Because of the ongoing water and sanitation crisis, residents must often drink from shallow, unprotected wells befouled by sewage and animal waste and the search for any water source, in rural areas outside of major cities, can often take up a good part of a family’s day including long treks to reach, more often than not, unreliable water sources.


Worldwide Water Facts

For every $1.00 invested in water and sanitation,
an average of at least $4.00 is
returned in increased

  • 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, one in three on the planet.
  • 748 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the population.
  • Universal access to safe water and sanitation would save 2.5 million lives per year.
  • Around 500,000 children (1,400 a day) die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • Diarrhea is the 2nd biggest killer of children under five years in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Every year, around 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.
  • Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention according to the World Bank.
  • Hygienic practices such as washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhea by 50%.


Information Resources: WHO/UNICEFJoint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2014); WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2014 update); (WHO, Global Burden of Disease 2004 Update, Geneva: WHO, 2008); (Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014, UNICEF, September 2014; (Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) 2012); (Hutton, Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage, WHO, Geneva, 2012: page 4); (UNICEF, 2006 (UNDP Human Development Report, 2006 page 45; Progress_for_Children_ No._5_-_English.pdf page 3); 1. Water Supply and Sanitation in Zimbabwe Turning Finance into Services for 2015 and Beyond; (Saving lives, WaterAid, 2012); (Curtis and Cairncross, 2003; Luby, et al. 2005)