E X E C U T I V E S U M M A R Y [ w i t h a n i m p
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One in six people in the world lack safe
drinking water. Water-related
illnesses are the leading cause of human sickness and death.
1.1 billion people in the
world do not have safe drinking water available to them.
80% of diseases in the developing world
are caused by contaminated water.
2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them
children, die every year from diseases
associated with lack of access to safe drinking water.
NOTE: By the time you
have read these initial statistics another child has
died from a water-related illness (every 20
Every statistic has a face...
With clean water we can
eradicate half the problems on an already overburdened
freeing up beds and doctors to
concentrate on other health needs such as AIDS, malaria, and
Despite the size of the
problem, we have made little progress against it.
There were only 181 million fewer people living without safe
water in rural settings in 2004 (899 million) vs. 1990 (1.08
And the lack of
clean water seems to be getting worse. Is there any way to solve this problem? Is there any
There's just no way to
get people out of poverty without clean water. It's just not
Most villagers pull water out of streams, which usually are
contaminated by upstream
animal use (fecal matter). Or they dig shallow wells by
hand, which generally
still rely on surface water because they can't get deep
The contaminated water leads to illness, which in many cases
means unavoidable death.
DOMINO EFFECT. The best,
most basic way to get out of poverty is through clean
...which leads to better health
...which leads to more opportunity for children and adults.
Clean Water =
Health + Opportunity
Help sponsor a Drill. No donation is too small
creating the “Village Drill” (a unique, human powered
water drilling rig) we can now bring water to millions of people. This is a real solution.
Designed by a leading U.S.
University and engineers. Proudly built locally in
Inexpensive and simple to operate.
Portable. THE VILLAGE DRILL
disassembles and fits in the back of a pickup truck.
Individual pieces can be carried by hand, animal or
even a small boat to extreme remote locations.
Strong and built to last with
durable steel construction.
Human powered, encouraging village
involvement and sustainability.
Designed to reach depths up to 80 meters or
roughly 250 feet. (Most hand pumps are rated for
80 meters or less.)
Designed to drill through most soil types
including light to medium grade rock and clay.
In ideal conditions THE VILLAGE DRILL may
average 20 meters or more per day. In less
favorable conditions depths of 5 meters or less
may be common.
YOU CAN NOW HELP LAUNCH THE
NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN DRILLING.
BE INVOLVED IN CREATING DOZENS OF WELLS EVERY YEAR
FOR LESS THAN THE COST OF DRILLING ONE TRADITIONAL
delivery of this unique water drill will provide new hope to
the families of the 3.75 million people that die and the
nearly 1 billion who suffer every day from scarce and
-- Drill dozens of
wells every year for less than the cost of
drilling one traditional well...
The human-powered drill is patented & tested technology designed
by engineering students as a class project (with
John Renouard's help), to drill a 6” borehole up to 250 feet
deep, accessing the deep & clean water that exists
nearly everywhere in the world -- even the arid
regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.
borehole is complete and the well pump is attached
a village instantly has the lifesaving water that
will be the start of their rise from poverty.
It takes 3-4 days to
drill a new well. There's nothing like this anywhere in the
Do you truly understand the
potential magnitude of
Village Drill can
do for clean water what
the Model T has done for transportation.
HISTORY BEHIND THE
VILLAGE DRILL Please take the time to watch this important video
People with great
intentions often travel to developing nations & give stuff
away. But sometimes it’s
just a Band-Aid on a bigger injury. This drill could
ultimately bring clean water to millions of people.
Are you interested in addressing the problems surrounding scarce
& contaminated water?
We have a solution. The new standard in borehole drilling. Doing good while doing WELL.
13 D I S T I N C T I V E
P O I N T S
1. KEY NEED
Clean accessible water saves
lives, gives women and children 30% of their day back --
which can be spent creating income and furthering their
education. A well-drilling rig is designed to bring water to
a village by way of a durable, industrial-strength pump.
We believe in empowering communities with the right tools. The
human-powered Village Drill allows the villages to help
Will penetrate most hard surfaces, including rock (soft rock to medium
hard rock) and hard clay. And can
drill over 100 feet a day in ideal conditions. We now
have a tested bit that drills through hard rock (see
below) that opens this drill to more communities. The natural weight of the drill bit
& pipe assembly provides just enough weight to keep the
bit engaged in the drilling process. Too much weight &
the bit will bind up.
4. SIMPLE DESIGN
A number of strict parameters were set in advance so that the final
product could be easily built & maintained in
developing countries. The drill uses no gears or
customized parts, and it can easily be taken
apart, transported in the bed of a truck and
reassembled within an hour. Assembled and
disassembled with hand tools and is operated by
locals needing only basic instruction. No
hydraulic system in the rig to break down. No
solar panels to be stolen or broken.
Manufactured from solid
steel, few moving parts -- this over-engineered workhorse will sink wells
for years to come.
6. SIMPLE TO USE
Once a person is familiar with drilling principles, it only takes a
matter of hours to learn all the operational systems
of the drill. Due to its visual simplicity, training
can easily occur across any language barrier, allowing
even more local workers to be employed who will
experience a sense of ownership and dignity in the well.
For about the cost of one traditional well the Village Drill can be
purchased and drill as many boreholes as you desire, helping
to save and improve millions of lives. The newest technology
in borehole drilling.
8. BUILT BY LOCALS
A few parts need to be imported, but it was designed to be simple enough to be manufactured in
or regions where it will be used, saving thousands
of dollars & valuable time from the slow &
high-cost option of importing. More local jobs for countries we are serving.
9. PRIVATE-LABELING Any organization can private-label this
project -- business, educational, faith-based, family,
government, NGO, corporation, etc. Imagine being able to
place the name of your organization on this rig, knowing
that your "adopted" drilling machine is continuing to offer
clean water to many regional communities. Your organization
can make this YOUR project!
Sets up and takes
down within the hour. The individual pieces
are light enough that it can be carried for
miles by hand to a village where only a foot
path may exist. Or the Village Drill can easily
be transported to remote villages in a
small boat or in the back of a 4-wheel drive
Access to shallower
water sources (clean or contaminated) is ideal for irrigation.
We cannot guarantee clean water will immediately gush from every
well. The water from every well must be tested for
bacteria, fecal coli form, fluoride, nitrates, etc. -- as
recommended by the World Health Organization. Every well
must be chlorinated. Also, if a well is drilled in a
gold-mining region, the water will most assuredly
contain levels of arsenic. If bacteria or some other
contaminant is discovered, a filtration system will be
required to purify the water for each family.
OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCALS In developing countries two things are readily available:
people-power & time.
A group of local men can go from village to
village throughout the region drilling wells for a fraction of the cost it would
cost to drill wells in the traditional way -- and still make
a respectable income to support their families -- at the
same time providing fresh, clean water to yet another
village. As an example, in many parts of Africa the average
income is about $250 - $500 a year. This business opportunity can
be a positive game-changer for
many families and villages.
entrepreneurial scenario happening all over the world!
You can help make it happen.
-- By the way, which of the previous 13 points resonates
most with you?
A worker welding some Drill parts
together at the
manufacturing facility in Mombasa, Kenya.
Drill workers test a new rock
technology in Myenzeni, Kenya.
ROCK BIT: Modification to the Village Drill
bring water to communities previously neglected
We tested new drilling technology that will allow drillers
to drill through hard rock in areas previously considered
too difficult to drill.
This is huge as it promises
to increase access to clean water for communities in need
that have historically been neglected due to the difficulty
of developing wells cost effectively.
The technology only furthers this Drill as the clear choice
for well development in in areas of need.
After working with engineers in the US and with the Drill
manufactures in Mombasa, Kenya we were able to test a
As soon as we had it in the field, it became clear that the
technology was performing beyond expectations. After a
successful test in the field, we look forward to further
modifying the initial design to increase its performance
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
How can something so small and compact drill 250 feet deep? By all
appearances, it looks like it should only be able to drill 10 feet
Answer. When the wheel spins, a
drag bit eats away at the dirt and the cuttings are flushed out of
hole by a thick slurry that is pumped down the pipe to the bottom.
The winch allows us to control the rate of descent so that the bit
never gets buried in the dirt, but is always easy to spin. We use
3-ft lengths of pipe. Every 3 feet we drill down, we clamp it off,
bring the yellow bar up the top, and add a new 3-ft pipe below the
wheel in between the previous pipe and the yellow bar. So - That's
how we're able to drill 250 feet with something so small - just
keep adding lots of 3-ft lengths of pipe.
Question. Apparently this needs a slurry pump to work,
but I don't see that in any of the pictures. Is the pump part of
another project? Would it be human-powered also? Since you need
water to make the slurry, is there a chicken-and-egg problem in
drilling a well in an area that doesn't already have a well?
There is generally plenty of water available, it's just not clean.
We can use unclean water to make the slurry (made by mixing in a
chemical called Bentonite) to allow us to drill the borehole. Once
the hole is complete, the slurry is removed and gravel-packed
casing is inserted, bringing up the clean water from the aquifer,
unaffected by the unclean water used to drill.
Small business Owners, Faith-based organizations,
Corporations, Entrepreneur Clubs,
Business Networking Groups, CEO Clubs, Government Workers,
Families, & more...
GOOD NEWS Sponsor a Drill.
Your organization can private-label this unique
Think about it & compare.
If your organization is already
digging wells and/or providing filtration systems, this
additional help on a number of
levels. The Village Drill can broaden your mission.
T A K E S A V I L L A G E
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. DIGNITY. LOCAL ACCESS TO WATER.
Many organizations spend more for one well drilled the
traditional way than what this
"unlimited-number-of-wells" human-powered drilling rig costs. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes the
"Village Drill" to raise the village.
It's plain common sense, isn't it? Check out the summary for
The more you learn about this project, the more excited you
will become. I guarantee it...
Thanks for stopping by,
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., Director, The Freeman
Advisory Board Member, Village Drill Project
Help sponsor a Drill. No donation is too small
learning more about sponsoring a drilling rig
through your organization? First
watch the video
(above) & then
email John Renouard (below) with any questions
ricocheting around in your head. You will capture
his passion for solving the clean water problem
President & Co-Founder
John has been a successful businessman for many
years. He is now directing his time, energy and
creative juices toward this important project. John
is a delightful person. You will enjoy your
conversation(s) with him.
Tell him Joel Freeman sent you.
Send John your contact
info, along with
any questions you may want to ask:
John will then send you his cell
# and will set up a conference call.
Women & children spend 30% of each day collecting &
PERPETUAL BUSINESS FOR LOCALS:
Water. Wealth. Wages.
The Village Drill not only
provides clean water to a community but it tackles the three
W’s to cure poverty -- Water, Wealth and Wages.
Wealth comes from
the business of owning the Village Drill. With ownership of
the Village Drill locals are in control and can create a
remarkable local business. The ability to drill wells at 1/10
the cost of traditional methods gives locals the unparalleled
opportunity of a for-profit business based in the community.
Plus it frees up the women & children for other more
Wages and jobs are
the key component of the Village Drill. Whether the jobs come
directly from developing the wells or the many ancillary jobs
it will create as water become available, the Village Drill
creates desperately needed jobs. The area’s most poised to see
a direct increase in jobs will be in education, healthcare and
report that with every job created there are 5 other
ancillary jobs created. And as the Village Drill
invests in human power, each drill will directly
create jobs for 10 plus families.
If the statistics are
correct, this project will create 50+ additional jobs for each
There are many facets to
the Village Drill that will make it a leading piece of
technology in the fight against poverty and bringing
clean water to literally millions of people. How does this fit
into your mission statement?
SUMMARY THOUGHTS FOR CHARITIES
MULTIPLY THE VALUE OF YOUR INVESTMENT
The drill cost a little
less than the cost of just one typical well, but the drill can
drill 20+ wells every year. Why pay $18,000 - $20,000 to drill one
traditional well, when for less money you could own the drill
and every year drill dozens of wells worth over $300,000?
We will show you how to set
the drill up to create a local business as you drill for other
communities that will be profitable. With dignity they can actually pay
back the cost of the drill and then have small, perpetual
income into your foundation & community. (a hydraulic drilled well
can't to that).
Each Village Drill can
employ 10 people directly and up to 50 people indirectly --
adding economic stability to a community.
For approximately (under)
the cost of drilling one well, receive all of the equipment ,
materials and training to have your own drilling company.
As you involve the
community in the drilling process you have "buy in" and they
will be more apt to take care of and maintain the wells.
Because they are involved
in building the wells they gain the knowledge of how to
maintain them. That becomes an ancillary business for
them to be able to repair other wells in the region.
When you talk to potential
donors or do fund raising, it is so much easier when you can
demonstrate that you can drill 20+ wells for the normal cost of
just one well.
Your investment in the
Village Drill will save and improve the lives of more people
for less money. And will enhance all other humanitarian
projects, including schools and medical clinics.
effort you are involved with -- education, medical, housing,
hunger, technology and
more -- adding water will make every project better.
Earning from the Village
Drill can be used to sustain other humanitarian efforts and
multiply donor funds. Partner with other humanitarian
organizations to help deliver clean water to areas in need.
You can own the newest
technology in drilling and drill dozens of wells every year
for less than the cost of drilling one traditional well!
Own and manage multiple
Village Drills to increase your returns and to accelerate the
availability of clean water to people in need.
The Village Drill is
manufactured proudly in Africa, providing quicker delivery for
parts and drill, adding economic strength, self reliance and
Full recovery of your
entire investment can be accomplished in just a few months.
QUESTION: WHY SHOULD YOUR ORGANIZATION OWN A VILLAGE
...your humanitarian efforts will fail if the people you
serve don’t have clean water.
...you will bring jobs, prosperity and independence to
the area you serve.
...owning a drill is cheaper then hiring others to
...you have an obligation to make your donors money go
...new technology makes it possible and affordable.
...it will help your humanitarian efforts succeed.
NGO purchased a beautiful, state-of-the-art drill rig
for 1.5 million dollars that can drill 24 wells a
year (1 well
every 2 weeks).
drill cannot travel too far off the main roads.
For the same
investment that same NGO could have:
Village Drill clean water drilling rigs that can go virtually
local economy by provided over 800 people with jobs.
drilled over 2,000 wells per year!
(100 Village Drills, 20 wells p/yr, 2000 wells
Look at the facts.
There really is no comparison.
The Village Drill helps more people with the same
investment (see below)
Reserve your Village Drill
your organization own a village Drill? (great question
and it needs a few great answers. Why them and
not someone else?)
Because your humanitarian efforts will fail
if the people you serve don’t have clean water.
owning a drill is cheaper then hiring others to drill.
you will bring jobs, prosperity and independence to the
area you serve.
you have an obligation to make your donors money go
new technology makes it possible and affordable.
will help your humanitarian efforts succeed.
compare the top available manual drilling
Cable Tool "FloFlo"
Rotary Wet Drilling "Village Drill"
Augering Tools "Water4"
The top 10 most commonly asked questions.
1.What is the drilling method?The
FloFlo is a “cable tool” method that has been around for
thousands of years, invented by the Chinese. The Flo
Flo is a very nice and upgraded cable tool system. The
Water4 uses a combination of Cabling and Auguring, and
has similar results and limitations as cabling. The
Village Drill is a rotary, “wet drill” process which is
employed by most large drill rigs. Cable tooling and
auguring have long been replaced in the drilling
industry by the more efficient and effective wet rotary
2.Where will it work?The
Cable tool and Auguring methods can only drill
effectively in a fraction of the environments that the
Village Drill can drill, where the Village Drill can
drill faster and more efficiently in every
condition that the cable system and Auguring systems can
3.How is the efficiency?You
have heard the saying “go pound sand” The cable tool
and Augur system is very inefficient in really soft
soils like sand, in muck like sticky mud and in hard
surfaces like rock or hard clay. The Village Drill
thrives in all these environments.
4.How do you get the cuttings out of the hole?
The Village Drill method of removing the cuttings from
the bore hole is a huge advantage. The Village Drill
removes the cuttings as it drill’s, as part of the
drilling process. The auger you have to lift every bite
section completely out of the ground and cable you have
to pound and cut the ground and then change tools to
remove the rubble and then go back to pounding. This is
a very slow and arduous process by comparison.
5.Will all drilling reach the water aquifers?
Ironically, one of the Achilles heels of cable and augur
drilling is water. Typical cable and auguring
techniques cannot pass through “ground water” levels to
reach aquifer levels. The problem with ground water is
it is still commonly shallow and is still contaminated
from runoff and two, ground water is prone to drying up
in the dry seasons. The Village Drill has the
capability to pass right through ground water levels and
can easily reach aquifer levels which are typically pure
from biological contaminates and much less susceptible
to dry season variations.
6.What is the cost to drill a well?To
actually “drill” a well, the cost between a Cable Tool
system an Auguring system and the Village drill is
virtually the same. Though the Village Drill has the
advantage of being able to always drill a standard 6-8”
borehole that will accommodate nearly all power and hand
pumps on the market. With a smaller borehole that is
often necessary with a cable tool or an auguring system
you become very limited on what pumps you can use.
7.What is the acquisition cost?The
purchase cost of a simple cable system or an upgraded
Auguring system typically will cost between $4000 and
$7000 USD. A complete Village Drill will run $18,000
do you get for your Money?We have
established that the Village Drill is more effective and
can drill in 80% more environments, but we can also look
at margins. The cost to build the different drilling
rigs: A typical Cable tool or auguring system weighs
between 70 and 100 kilo, the Village Drill is over 950
kilos. You could build nearly 14 cable tools with the
materials used in just one Village Drill. The cost of
material to build the Village Drill compared to a cable
tool is over 13 times more, yet it is only a
fractionally more expensive. If a cable tool was sold
by weight (which is an important part of drilling) at
the same margin as the Village Drill, the cost of a
simple cable tool would cost over $54,000!
9.Why is having the ability to dill in most water
bearing environments that important?One of
the difficulties of drilling is no one is certain what
lies below the surface. The more limitations your
drilling method has the more abandoned or dry holes you
will encounter. This is devastating on two levels. One
for the drill crew that may not get paid since they have
failed to complete their agreement and two for the
recipients who had their hopes of receiving clean water
dashed. Dry holes and non-penetrable surfaces is the
number one reason most manual drill business fail.
10.What happens if the drilling tool you chose cannot
penetrate the ground effectively?In that
case one must either abandon the job or hire a rig that
could finish the job. Abandoning a job, as you can
imagine is really though. A village or school spend
valuable resources and gets excited about finally
getting clean, easily accessible water and then it
doesn’t happen. So the common remedy is to hire a big
rig to come and “take care” of the problem, but at a
devastating cost that averages over $18,000.
vs. Capabilities vs. Sustainability.
If the goal is to create long term, profitable drill
teams with the ability to service the widest amount of
people and regions as possible, the Village Drill is
the hands down leader. In the long term the Village
Drill is much less expensive on almost every level, but
the level that is typically most important to a business
is that of sustainability.
If the goal is to build one or a few wells in a known
area of soil content then a cable tool or an auguring
system would be fine.
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