The GeoEye Foundation

—— about the partnership ——

Water Wells For Africa is proud to introduce our new partnership and case study with The GeoEye Foundation. A subsidiary of GeoEye, The Foundation provides satellite imagery to students, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations to advance research in numerous fields including human rights, defense and intelligence, public safety, healthcare, critical infrastructure, energy, environmental change and archaeology. Their services could prove integral to our future work. We have been working in rural communities in Southern Africa for the last 16 years to bring clean safe drinking water to those who have none. One of the more difficult tasks we are faced with when beginning any project is where to place the well.

how it helps

In this, our goal has always been for it to be centrally located for equal access to everyone. This ensures no households are too far from the new well and it maximizes the well’s use. While we have historically accomplished this with a physical survey, GeoEye’s services are a drastic improvement. We recently collaborated on our Uthwa Project in Malawi. GeoEye provided a well suitability report for 3 sites and included recommendations for additional areas to be further surveyed by WWFA.  We are currently using their recommendations to finalize the drilling of two wells. This kind of information will ultimately save us a lot of future work and improve the accuracy of our services to rural communities. Learn more about The GeoEye Foundation.

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$1 can return $9 in economic value to a rural community when invested in water infrastructure and sanitation.


  • We don't build the water well for them. We teach them and have them build it "hands on" along side with us. We provide materials, the mud drilling, funding to source out locations suitable for water wells. If the well ever runs into a problem and stops working, the village people now know how to fix it. This is not our well, this is their well. They now truly own their own water well, providing clean water to their families. This is one of the reasons why we have wells almost 20 years old that are functioning and continuing to provide clean water to families all across Africa to this day. | Learn more at


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