Project summary

Located on the border of Niger and Kebbi states, Water Wins covers an eighty mile radius area with a population of approximately 500,000. This region is known as the East Kambari Area (EKA). Approximately 90% still do not have access to clean water. Prior to receiving clean water, the infant mortality rate is reported to be 46% up to age 5. History shows that after having a well installed this rate improves to less than 10%.

Training is provided for each community to enable them to manage and maintain all facilities that are provided by Water Wins. If a hand pump fails to function, Water Wins will repair the hand pump as part of the partnership. It is important and a priority that all wells and hand pumps provided by Water Wins continue to function properly. 95%+ of our wells are continually in full operation.

The water wells have opened doors for building relationships with communities. We seek to be a ministry that is built on Trust and Biblical Principles.

Water Wins Community Development opportunities include:

Well Drilling - Nigerian team trained in percussion drilling operations, spare parts, resistivity readings, rig maintenance, and continuous improvement.

Hand Pump Repair - A hand pump repair team performs maintenance/repairs on existing wells.

Primary Education - Water Wins Academy opened in September 2011 with 19 students attending.

Sanitation - Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines have been constructed to improve sanitation. This program was put on hold in 2011 due to lack of a truck, but is targeted to resume this drilling season.

Immunization - Water Wins helps to facilitate immunizations through the local Nigerian county government.

Biblical Teachings - Water Wins currently sponsors 4 Nigerian evangelists who are living with their families in the villages of the EKA spreading the Good News. The evangelists are sponsored through a partnership with Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN).

Hygiene - Basic hygienic training in hand washing and container washing. This program will resume this drilling season. Dispensary - Opened in 2011 the pharmacy is managed by the wife of one of the Water Wins drill team members. She was trained by Christian Reformed World Missionaries stationed in the EKA. She supplies basic first aid and over the counter medications.

Grain Storage - Co-op endeavor sponsored by Water Wins to provide local farmers the opportunity to store and sell their goods when market prices are the highest. There are currently 3 grain banks in operation.

Our Approach

The purpose of Water Wins is to leverage our God-given talents to improve the lives and living conditions of the local people in the Eastern Kambari Area (EKA) through water well drilling, Biblical teaching, and community development. The Water Wins team is comprised of Nigerian employees and a volunteer North American mentor group.

The North American team includes more than a dozen engineers and businesspeople that have a calling to live out their faith through business. Responsibilities include fundraising, mentoring and training the Nigerian staff in equipment maintenance and business development, annual visits, and the deepening of relationships with respect for Nigerian customs.

In 2010 a Water Wins management committee was formed to give support and direction to the Nigerian team. This committee is comprised of leaders from around the EKA and includes pastors, evangelists, women, teachers, and members of the well drilling team.

The Water Wins team considers Spiritual Water as important as clean water for enriching and saving the lives and souls of God’s people. Water Wins currently sponsors a number of Nigerian Evangelists who are living with their families in the villages of the EKA. God’s grace is being revealed in this remote area of the world.



Drill Rig #1 (still in production) arrives in the East Kambari Area (EKA)


Partners Worldwide joins Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) to help fund well drilling project in the EKA


a total of 50 wells drilled with Drill Rig #1


Water Wins joins forces with Partners Worldwide, CRWRC, and CRWM to manage drilling operations; 16 wells drilled, 2 Nigerian employees


20 wells drilled; 3 Nigerian employees


CRWRC and CRWM gracefully bowed out of project; Water Wins officially formed as a project of Partners Worldwide, inherits drill rig #1, and takes over all fund raising and operational responsibilities; 22 wells drilled; 5 Nigerian employees


25 wells drilled; 8 Nigerian employees


16 wells drilled; 11 Nigerian employees


20 wells drilled; 12 Nigerian employees


Drill Rig #2 purchased, refurbished and sent to Nigeria; 18 Nigerian employees


37 wells completed; 40-50 wells targeted


46 wells completed, 32 hand pumps repaired


40 wells completed and over 46 hand pumps repaired


Goal to drill 40 wells