Our Aims

Alive&Well Mission:

‘Helping people to gain access to safe water and sanitation and contributing to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to these basic requirements.

Specific Aims The charity Alive&Well has a very clear, simple focus:

To sink wells in villages in Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, putting in place firm foundations for building stable and healthy communities.

Our aim is to: 

  1. Deliver safe water bore holes in a sustainable manner by training local crews to use the percussion drilling rigs, loan them the Alive&Well drilling rigs and support them with a living wage for themselves and their families while they drill free water bore-holes for other communities. Self help – real help.
  2. Develop our existing pump workshop to build low maintenance, reliable pumps that can be mass-produced for the bore holes we drill.
  3. Support the development of local skills/trades that are directly associated with the drilling crews and pump manufacture.
  4. Enable villages and communities where we have drilled wells to be self-sufficient and maintain and repair pumps for themselves.
  5. Develop our relationship with the Pujehun Development Organisation as our partner in the region and help it build a robust and sustainable internal management structure.
  6. Bring safe drinking water to the rural districts of Sierra Leone
  7. Become experts in the provision of water bore-holes and pumps to Sierra Leone
  8. Seek innovative ways and relationships to further our aims.

Note: A bore-hole will supply sufficient clean water for 250 people. Villages in the region vary in size and our plan is to work closely with our NGO partner, the Pujehun Development Organisation (PDO), the local communities and community leaders prior to starting work in a chiefdom so that we can identify those communities in greatest need.


All Alive&Well delivered water provision must be:

  • Safe
  • Sufficient
  • Sustainable

We will not finish working with a community until the above criteria are met or until we are convinced that it is physically not possible to locate water using available technology.

Key Objectives:

  1. Place drilling rigs on the ground. These will be permanently available to the communities in the region. The rig is a simple mobile cable percussion drill and a 4×4 vehicle to pull it. A cable percussion drill – the drilling tools are suspended from a wire rope and are lifted and dropped to cut a borehole. More information can be found at www.dando.com
  2. Recruit and train local crews The crews will then use the rig to provide wells for communities that have no means to pay for them otherwise. (This statement doesn’t really relate to its heading)
  3. Contribute to the development of sustainable communities We understand that there are many other elements needed to enable the creation of sustainable communities which is why we are working in partnership with the charity ‘Wherever the Need’ (WTN) www.wherevertheneed.org.uk. It is a symbiotic relationship as WTN focus their efforts on the provision of sanitation and enterprise projects in the Pujehun region and Alive&Well concentrate on the provision of bore-holes, pumps and training. WTN have the experience and expertise to help coordinate further use of the clean water supply for sanitation, irrigation and water storage (for the dry season) schemes.

Future Goals (Timeline)

  2012 2013 2014 2015
  Orange crew funding secured for 2013: £8,000 Orange crew funding secured for 2014: £8,000 Orange crew funding secured for 2015: £8,000 Orange crew funding secured for 2016: £8,000
  Second Orange Crew Team Fund raisingTarget: £5,000      
  New vehicle funding /sponsorship raisedTarget: £22,000    
    Second-hand Dando rig Fund- raisingTarget: £7,000 Green crew funding secured for 2014 Second Green Crew Team Fund raisingTarget: £10,000
    New UK Crew form to create second SL Expedition – Green Crew New UK Crew Fundraising achieves target: £40,000*  
    Second Orange crew team in place Second Expedition to SL under way  
    New Toyota in country    
    Secondhand rig purchased in UK    

* Excluding cost of second hand rig