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Water for Humanity Newsletter
APRIL 2014
Volume 6, Number 2
American Society of Dowsers

          Archived Newsletter December 2012 
          Archived Newsletter February 2013
          Archived Newsletter April 2013
          Archived Newsletter August 2013
          Archived Newsletter December 2013

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


A few news items:

During the period February and March, we received a project completion report from the organization Rural Educational & Environmental Development Society (REEDS) of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on the construction of two bore wells and hand pumps in memory of David Pitkin. Project completion reports were also received from Buddha Outcast Social Service Society (BOSS) for two wells, and Society for Health Environmental and Rural Development Project (SHERDP) for an awareness campaign conducted on World Water Day (see report below). Both are also of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The Water for Humanity Committee would like you to be informed that WFH Secretary Steve Herbert and ASD Bookstore manager Jax Willey have been working together on a project to initiate a fund-raising campaign with Indiegogo, a crowd-funding website(, to benefit a village in India. Finally, on March 27th, an announcement from ASD went out to the membership that it is up and running. The link is We will very much appreciate your support to ensure this first attempt at crowd-funding will be a success!

Other proposals and letters of inquiry are currently in the process of being written.


WFH'S Year End Report:
 In 2011, the Water for Humanity Fund was pleased to announce the creation of a new piece of promotional  literature which we presented as the 2011 Year End Report. This year we are proud to present the 2013 Year End Report. The first of four full color pages outlines our mission statement, philosophy, commitment to donors, volunteers abroad, range of projects and history. The two inner pages give a sampling of seven projects completed over the 2013 calendar year. And the last page gives three testimonials along with our fiscal year report. Look for it soon in electronic form on our website.

To view the Year End Report right away, click here


2014 Convention Raffle: Sue Dillon, WFH Raffle Chairperson,

Sue Dillon and Volunteers

and the members of the WFH Committee are pleased to announce that at last year's convention all records were broken for fund-raising. In anticipation of the approaching 2014 national convention, we are putting out the call for donations of items to the WFH Raffle, held at Lyndon State College inLyndonville, VT. These can be mailed to ASD Headquarters, P.O. Box 24, Danville, Vermont  05828, or you can bring them with you to convention. Your generosity can make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many in critical need of this vital resource. Any questions can be directed to Sue Dillon at 789 Laten Knight Road, Cranston, RI 02921, by phone at (401) 828-7018 or by email If you would like to volunteer at the WFH table, please go to and click on volunteer to get the application.


Call for applicants to the Water for Humanity Fund Committee: A Member-at-Large position has recently opened up on the WFH Committee and we are inviting those interested in this position to let us know of your availability. Please submit a letter of interest along with a resume or other account of relevant experience. We'd like to know more about you, what experience you have to contribute, and what particularly you would like to focus on. Particularly, we'd like to know if you've had international experience, especially in the developing world, or have foreign language ability, have done development work, worked with non-profits, done fund-raising or written proposals. Duties include reviewing and critiquing proposals in preparation for voting, attending meetings, and generally giving input to the general business of a growing non-profit. Please submit application materials to WFH Chairperson Bill Bonnell at and WFH Secretary Steve Herbert at, or send to WFH, c/o ASD, P.O. Box 24, Danville, VT 05828


Safe Water Now Sends Letter of Thanks: In the 11/11/13 teleconference meeting of the WFH Committee, a grant of $3,235 wasawarded to the organization Safe Water Now (SWaN), based in the state of Georgia, USA, for the support of their partnering organization, Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA), for support of their factory manufacturing ceramic water filters in Tanzania and for filter distribution. A thank you letter dated January 26th, 2014, was received expressing gratitude for the grant.

Dear Steve,

Thank you for the generous gift from Water for Humanity Fund to Safe Water Now (SwaN) of $3,235. Your generous donation supports the SWaN mission of providing sustainable safe water treatment to the people of Tanzania and East Africa.

SWaN is committed to children like these from the remote village ofRhotia Valley near Ngorongoro Crater. Without your support, these youngsters would be spending their days laboring at intensive chores, like water collection and treatment, or perhaps, suffering from preventable bacteria and parasite infections, all leading to missed school days. Your contribution gives a life-saving choice to the children of Tanzania, enabling a life-changing opportunity to simply stay in school, gain an education, and break out of the cycle of poverty.

To read the full letter from Safe Water Now, click here 


March 5th, 2014, WFH Teleconference Meeting :
During the meeting, the first vote unanimously approved the amount of $4,000 toward an LS100 portable drill rig for Richard Roy and Eau Sans Frontieres to ship to Haiti. Another vote was unanimous to provide $3,038 to Kayenje Church of Uganda Primary School for a girls' institutional-size composting latrine. The next vote unanimously approved funding for four organizations of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as follows; $1,100 in restricted funds to Rural People's Development Society (RPDS) to construct the last of seven wells on their 12/30/05 proposal in the memory of Andy Bray, $1,528 to Integrated Rural Women Education and Development (IRWED) for the first two of three wells on their 12/19/12 proposal, $1,610 for the first two wells of five for Village People's Education for Rural Development (VEPERDA) on their 9/5/12 proposal, and $1,082 for one well of two requested on their 10/2/13 proposal. The committee also unanimously agreed to convert the CPC Liaison position of the WFH Committee to a regular Member-at-Large. Previous email votes approved $1,000 for Phase 6 of an ongoing filter distribution project with the Salvadoran Association for Rural Health (ASAPROSAR), and $500 for Society for Health Environmental and Rural Development Project (SHERDP) to conduct an awareness campaign in southern India on World Water Day (March 22nd).  


SHERDP Report on World Water Day Activities:  In anticipation of the upcoming World Water Day on March 22nd, the organization Society for Health, Environmental and Rural Development Project (SHERDP), for the second year in a row, contacted WFH to request a small grant to hold awareness campaigns and conduct workshops in ten villages over two days. At our request, they made special effort to complete the report and send it to us in time to share their activities with all of you in this e-newsletter. SHERDP has previously constructed four bore wells with hand pumps over two projects with WFH funding.


Completion Report on  


in the Villages of P. Velur Block, Namakkal District,
Tamil Nadu, India

On World Water Day, that is March 22, 2014, the volunteers of the Bicycle Rally pedaled from Thottaim Thottam village through Kanthampalayam, Kunnamalai, Vasanthapuram, Paramathi, Piranthagam, Karattur and finally reached Odaikinatrupudur village. The volunteers distributed handbills on the importance of water, rain water harvesting, the three concepts of water, 'Reduce, Reuse and Reserve water' (News in Newspapers have been published and attached are the scanned copies with this report).  The volunteers raised slogans thru their bicycle rally, to do rain water harvesting, conserve water, reuse of water, avoiding wastage of water when use and also do not pollute water sources, and asked the farmers to do rain water harvesting in their lands by farm ponds, enhancing the water bodies around them.

One day orientation cum awareness program on Water- Sustained water to all the common people, have been held on March 23, 2014 at Kalgandu Marriage Hall premises, Pothanur village.  Women leaders and young girls from the villages turned up in good numbers.

To view the rest of the SHRDP report on its WWD activities, click here


A Testimony of a Life-changing Well:  
With a project completion report from the organization Rural People's Development Society (RPDS) of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, came this testimony from among the beneficiary villages. RPDS has partnered with WFH in constructing four wells in two previous projects, beginning in 2006. Funding for this third grant for two wells on their 12/30/05 proposal was approved at the January 18, 2013, teleconference meeting of the WFH Committee. Funding for the last well on this proposal was approved at the 3/5/14 teleconference meeting of WFH Committee, applying restricted funds to construct this well in memory of Andy Bray.


"I am Mrs. Kalavathi (age 41) residing in Periyagoundapuram village,

Salem district. It is neither a big or small but medium size village. The total population would be about 962 to 1,017 people. We are all daily wage earners depending on the monsoon for our employment. But often monsoon failure will take place all over the district. Hence, the groundwater table is going down day by day, and we were suffering due to non-availability of water from the water source such as bore wells, open wells, etc. In this situation, I and a group of villagers met the RPDS staff and made a request for drinking water facility to the village. RPDS made arrangements for protected drinking water and we now get release from drinking contaminated water which often made us to fall sick.

I have two sons and one daughter studying at seventh standard, fourth standard and second standard respectively. Now I can have the time in the morning and evening and also to spend with the children. I can cook earlier in the morning and send my children to school before time due to taking water within the village at walking distance. Now we take safe and protected water. Hence, the credit should go to RPDS and Water for Humanity. I express my sincere thanks to all the invaluable services provided to our village on behalf of my family and village people."


Featured Profile: In this issue we are continuing with our profile series. Initially, we presented a series of profiles which introduced you to the members of your WFH Committee. Then we began introducing you to people who have high relevance to the activities of the WFH Fund. Commonly, WFH partners with local non-profit organizations who apply to us for funding. Therefore, those profiles were of the Managing Directors of some of these organizations. In this issue, we feature Mrs. M. Jayamala, of the organization Women for Women, based in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This organization was awarded its first grant for full funding of six wells in 2007 (see the WFH E-Newsletter for April 2010). A second grant for one well was made possible by the Guy Snyder Chapter through the Adopt-a-Well program (see the Fall 2011 issue of the American Dowser to view the project completion report). In 2012, a third grant funded two more wells (read this project completion report in the Fall 2013 issue of the American Dowser). A fourth grant request is currently under consideration.

Mrs. M. Jayamala, Secretary of Women for Women

Dear friends,

I am happy to introduce myself as Mrs. M. Jayamala, the secretary of Women for Women, an all women organization dedicated to the all around development causes of women that belong to the under-the-poverty-line sections of the population in the rural and tribal villages of Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu State, India.

About my background - I have a humble background with both my parents belonging to the agricultural laborers group. Due to their poverty status, my parents were not in a position to provide me and my siblings with higher education. At the best, I could study only up to 9th standard. As was then and even now, as is the custom in rural families, I was married at a young age. Fortunately for me, my spouse is very understanding and has real love, care and affection for me. More than this, my husband is really interested in the development of the poor people that live around us. I am now 34 years old.

Both of us were looking for some opportunity that would enable us to work for the people. It was at that juncture that we came to know of the activities of Women for Women.

To read the rest of Mrs. Jayamala's profile, click here


Volunteer travels and projects:  In past issues, we have featured individuals who have traveled representing Water for Humanity, giving trainings or conducting projects in several countries around the world. Occasionally, we have featured dowsers from other countries who practice their art for humanitarian purposes in their own countries. In this issue, we depart slightly from this theme to present the account of a visit to western Kenya on the behalf of ASD-WFH to personally assess the projects conducted there by two organizations. The visit was made by John Carroll, a member of the St. Denis Church in Hanover, NH, and an organization operating under its auspices called Hearts Open to the World. This group was also conducting projects in collaboration with Konditi Development Initiative International (KODI). John was making a trip there with his group and offered to check on our projects at the same time, along with projects being conducted by the organization RETEC under WFH sponsorship. Though a non-dowser, John is quite versed in grass-roots development work.


WESTERN KENYA   -   2014

submitted by Steve Herbert

John Carroll and I met the first time face to face at the diner in St. Johnsbury, VT, on February 12th. John told me more about the projects his group was doing with KODI, and I presented my "wish list" of what he could check on for us.

John flew to Kenya on February 21st for a two-week trip. He did find time during his busy schedule to visit some of WFH's projects. The first site visited was that of the hospital on February 26th. Here John found the well in working order, but heard some people remark about the salty taste of the water. The groundwater in this area is know for its salty edge, and John had the sense that the complaints were coming from people of more outlying areas where the water was better. He saw the old well and pump on the property which had been discontinued, and was told water was piped in at certain times of the year. The present system with the new well, however, is much more reliable.

The next day, John spent the better part of the day in Pap-Onditi, where most of the projects funded by WFH were located. Escorted by Barack Ouma, the director of KODI in Kenya, they went first to Konditi Primary School. There they saw the dug well, the first WFH-sponsored project to be considered here. The kids were excited to show it to them and demonstrate the manual pump. All seemed to be working well.

To read the rest of the account of John's visit to Kenya, click heres


Appropriate Technology Feature: In each issue of the WFH E-Newsletter, we feature some aspect of appropriate technology, which is defined as technologies which are simple, yet effective, and can be produced or repaired with locally available materials and locally accessible parts. These technologies are appropriate where the rural peoples of developing countries have the capability of operating, maintaining and repairing such equipment, and where the technology is financially within their grasp. This issue, in follow up to the article in the last issue on Manual Pumps for Groundwater Access, we feature the subject of Manual Pumps for Surface Water Access.


by Steven G. Herbert

Pumps come in an amazing variety that differ in aspects such as design, power source, output, depth or intake capability, fluids or materials moved, or general application, etc. In developing countries, where the desired fluid is water, and there are limitations due to lack of electricity or financial means, the options narrow but still are available in a good assortment. Hand-operated pumps that bring groundwater to the surface come in a few basic designs that vary corresponding to depth and output capability. Manual pumps and water lifters which draw from surface supplies also come in a variety of designs. Having examined the former in the previous issue, we now focus on surface water variants in depth.

The shaduf is an ancient technology for irrigation, which is the purpose for the vast majority of need for surface water pumping and lifting. Sahduf, or shadoof, is an Arabic word that refers to a simpledevice commonly set upon a river bank for lifting a bucket of water out of a river and into an irrigation ditch. The basic design is a long pole, balanced in a fork, or in the notch of a horizontal support at a calculated height (usually 2.5 to 3 meters above the ground). A length of rope tied to the bucket on one end is tied to the long end of the pole extending over the river. About one fifth of the length of the pole extends behind the fulcrum with a counterweight attached. That counterweight may be a mass of dried clay, a stone or almost any heavy object. The counterweight and gravity then effortlessly lifts the filled bucket of water up to the level where it can be dumped into the irrigation ditch.

To read this article in its entirety with photos and diagrams, click here


Project Completion Report: This issue we feature a completion report from the organization Buddha Outcast Social Society (BOSS), of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This organization did their first project with WFH with two wells. The project completion report below is from the third project of three wells which was initiated in February of 2014.


We the staff of BOSS NGO thank you for your first phase sponsorship of two bore wells and hand pumps.

Two village women operate the hand pump in Adiyar village
Here with, we are happy to submit the first phase project progress report on two bore well installations and their successful implementation. The main scope of the project was to provide safe drinking water to the identified five needy villages. Out of these five, we have completed two bore wells



In essence, all five villages included in this project have acute scarcity of water in general and particularly drinking water. There have always been heated tensions between waiting women at all water sources and sometimes even exchanges of blows. So much so that the phrase fights around taps has become a known phenomenon. Two of our identified needy target villages, namely (1) Adaiyur and (2) Kosalai Block of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, South India, are the first direct beneficiaries of this meaningful project. A total of 1,700 men, women and children direct benefited (10,000 people are indirect beneficiaries) with safe and portable water since February of 2014.

The former situation was characterized by lack of water sources, scarcity of drinking water, and poor environmental awareness. Women had to walk extra miles, depending on locally availability of water in open community wells that become dry in summer seasons, and polluted due to various reasons presenting health hazards for all and especially children.

To read the full BOSS completion report with photos,click here


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