Wells of Hope
Wells of Hope is a non-denominational group founded on Christian principles by Ted Vander Zalm and his wife Miriam in 2004. It is a team of numerous individuals with roots in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Wells of Hope is a program or offshoot of The Warehouse of Hope. After working from tents for a couple of years, Wells of Hope has constructed a permanent camp just outside of Jalapa, Guatemala.
Wells of Hope is committed to responding to the cry of the poor and to help attain for them the basic necessities of clean water, education and basic healthcare.
Wells of Hope has drilled several water wells in the mountains near Jalapa and constructed eight, three-classroom schools, one pre-primary classroom, several school kitchens and some school washrooms. Each year the group hosts Canadian doctors who provide medical clinics. Through the Warehouse of Hope medical equipment, medical supplies, computers and thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies have been sent to Guatemala. Several computer centers now operate in the mountains with these donated computers.
This year Wells of Hope started constructing woodstoves that reduce the amount of firewood needed and include a chimney to eliminate the smoke found in so many mountain homes. Small library collections are being purchased for schools along with instructional material for literacy and numerics. Twenty computers have been sent for a new computer center in Jalapa, and construction of another school could begin in November 2009.
Sponsorships and financial support are always needed to help provide clean water, better education and good health. Volunteers with construction skills and medical professionals are among the volunteers most eagerly sought.