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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 sec)

Every statistic has a face...

   With clean water we can eradicate half the problems on an already overburdened healthcare system,
freeing up beds and doctors to concentrate on other health needs such as AIDS, malaria, and measles.

Despite the size of the problem, we have made little progress against it.
There were only 181 million fewer people living without safe drinking
water in rural settings in 2004 (899 million) vs. 1990 (1.08 billion).

And the lack of clean water seems to be getting worse.
Is there any way to solve this problem? Is there any hope?

There's just no way to get people out of poverty without clean water. It's just not possible.
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 enough.
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 water...
...which leads to better health
...which leads to more opportunity for children and adults.

Clean Water = Health + Opportunity

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   PROBLEM SOLVED. By 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 Africa.

  • 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.

      VILLAGE DRILL performance guide:

  • 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.


   The 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 contaminated water.
               -- Drill dozens of wells every year for less than the cost of drilling one traditional well...


  ASTONISHING INVENTION. 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.

   Once the 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 world.

Do you truly understand the potential magnitude of this invention?

Village Drill can do for clean water what
the Model T has done for transportation.



Please take the time to watch this important video [5:51]

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 themselves.

      3. POWERFUL
  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.

  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.

Prototype Drill

      5. DURABLE
  Manufactured from solid steel, few moving parts -- this over-engineered workhorse will sink wells for years to come.

  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.

  A few parts need to be imported, but it was designed to be simple enough to be manufactured in the countries 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.

  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!

      10. MOBILE
  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 pickup truck.

  Access to shallower water sources (clean or contaminated) is ideal for irrigation.

      12. REALITY

  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.

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.

   Imagine this 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 penetrating
technology in Myenzeni, Kenya.


ROCK BIT: Modification to the Village Drill promises to
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 prototype.

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 even further.


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

-Leonardo DaVinci

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   Question. 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 deep.

   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?

   Answer. 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...


Sponsor a Drill.
Your organization can private-label this unique well-drilling rig.

Think about it & compare.

If your organization is already digging wells and/or providing filtration systems, this project
can provide additional help on a number of levels. The Village Drill can broaden your mission.

~   I T    T A K E S   A   V I L L A G E   ~


Many organizations spend more for one well drilled the traditional way than what this
virtually-indestructible "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 charities below

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 Institute Foundation
                                                             Advisory Board Member, Village Drill Project

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John Renouard

  Interested in 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 right away.

John Renouard, 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:   EMAIL

John will then send you his cell # and will set up a conference call.

Women & children spend 30% of each day collecting & carrying water.




   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 productive pursuits.

   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 farming.

   Economist 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 community.

   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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


  • 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.

  • Whatever humanitarian 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 independence.

  • Full recovery of your entire investment can be accomplished in just a few months.


  RESPONSE: Because...
                             ...your humanitarian efforts will fail if the people you serve don’t have clean water.
                      will  bring jobs, prosperity and independence to the area you serve.
                                 ...owning a drill is cheaper then hiring others to drill.
                          have an obligation to make your donors money go farther.
                            technology makes it possible and affordable.
                              will help your humanitarian efforts succeed.

A well-known 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).
BUT, their drill cannot travel too far off the main roads.

   For the same investment that same NGO could have:

  • purchased 100 Village Drill clean water drilling rigs that can go virtually anywhere.

  • stimulated the 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 every year).

What's the better solution?
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 today.

Why should your organization own a village Drill?   (great question and it needs a few great answers.  Why them and not someone else?)

Answers:             Because your humanitarian efforts will fail if the people you serve don’t have clean water. 

Because owning a drill is cheaper then hiring others to drill.

Because you will  bring jobs, prosperity and independence to the area you serve.

Because you have an obligation to make your donors money go farther.

Because new technology makes it possible and affordable.

Because it will help your humanitarian efforts succeed.


Let's compare the top available manual drilling techniques

Cable Tool

Rotary Wet Drilling
"Village Drill"

Augering Tools

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 method.  

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 work.

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 USD. 

8.     What 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.

   Conclusion: Cost 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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