Yellow Thunder Drilling RigCompleted: May 2012 [?]
Thousands of you joined the 2011 September Campaign to fund a drilling rig fleet so our local partners in Ethiopia could drill more wells. We promised when the rig was on the ground, we'd track it on a map and show you proof of it in action. Here, you can follow the rig's activity and see all the fundraisers and donors who made it possible.
WATCH US DRILL THE FIRST WELL!
On February 27, 2012, Yellow Thunder broke ground drilling its first well in Merara Village, Ethiopia. Hours into the drill, we hit a massive aquifer of pure ground water. Watch the video to see what happened.
SEE THE RIG & MEET THE DRILLERS
Check out some of our favorite photos from the field as the rig brings clean water to villages in northern Ethiopia.
SEE ALL PHOTOS
See WHO SPONSORED the rig
We put the names of each fundraiser who raised $5,000 or more on the side of the rig. They'll travel with it for years to come!
SEE ALL THE SPONSORS
ABOUT YELLOW THUNDER
We were going to call it Rig #1, but we realized something this impactful needed a better name. It's loud and it's yellow so we're calling it Yellow Thunder.
THIS RIG CAN DRILL 80 WELLS AND GIVE WATER TO 40,000 PEOPLE. EVERY YEAR.
Our local partner in Ethiopia, Relief Society of Tigray (REST), plans to serve 100% of northern Ethiopia with access to clean water. Their strategy includes many water solutions: drilled wells, hand-dug wells and spring protections, to name a few. We want to help them reach the target number of drilled wells sooner, which will speed up their plan to provide everyone with clean water.