It all started when Gil Garcetti spoke at Barbara Goldberg’s Salon Forum in 2008 sharing powerful photos he had taken in Western Africa. He shared the dire need for safe drinking water and the endless struggles of women and girls to get it.
In 2009 Barbara founded Wells Bring Hope and, partnering with World Vision, drilled 10 wells the first year. Inspired by the commitment of Wells Bring Hope Gil Garcetti continues help share the story of this struggle for safe drinking water through speaking opportunities and his photography.
In the Fall of 2007, the UCLA Fowler Museum had an exhibition of his photographs, “Women, Water and Wells.” In 2009, many of these photos were on exhibition in the visitors lobby of the United Nations in New York. In February, 2008, these same photographs and his words inspired the founding of “Wells Bring Hope.”
Since its start Wells Bring Hope has funded 363 wells helping over 235,950 people in West Africa.
Both Gil Garcetti and Barbara Goldberg continue to work tirelessly to bring safe water and hope to some of the poorest people in our global community. And you can help them fund more wells by sharing their story and the dire circumstances of the women of West Africa with your social networks. For more information visit www.wellsbringhope.org