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It’s All About Water for Wells of Hope

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Wells of Hope - Build for Hope

For Ted and Miriam Vander Zalm, it’s all about water.

The founders of Wells of Hope, a charitable organization with many volunteers in Niagara, the Vander Zalms have devoted their lives to helping to bring fresh water to the people of Jalapa, one of the poorest regions of Guatemala, Central America.

Established in 2004, the Wells of Hope group dug their first well by hand, and has completed nine wells, providing clean water to over 40,000 people. The group has purchased a new high-end $1-million drilling rig and is determined to pay it off.  Their plan, ‘Build for Hope’, is to construct a 2,400 square foot home, sell it for $600,000.00 and realize $300,000.00 in profits to purchase the drilling rig. Three local construction coordinators (Ron Hendriks – Homes by Hendriks, Ben Obdeyn – Mabo Construction, and Frank Memme – Mountainview Homes), as well as many other volunteer companies, suppliers, and skilled trades will help with the construction of the home.

Other fund-raising efforts will include a concert by Jann Arden on November 11 at 8pm at the Shaw Festival (click here for tickets) as well as an open house and barbecue on November 19 from 12-3pm

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Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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