Lifetime Wells International is a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States.
Thanks to the generosity of a small group of private donors that cover our administrative costs, 100% of your donation will be applied to funding water projects in Ghana and Tanzania. To date, your donations have allowed us to install over 2,500 water wells and many miles of water mains, connecting distant communities with no viable water sources to clean drinking water.
Lifetime Wells International has been serving the people of Ghana since 2006. Our operations in Ghana have come a long way since those early days when our co-founder Ken Wood (pictured in front of the first hand-pump he installed 13 years ago) drilled all of the wells himself.
Today, we have a team of local drilling experts that are dedicated to bringing clean water to the people of their country. Through their efforts and your donations, we are able to drill 100 new bore-holes, install hand-pumps, mechanized pumps and provide maintenance to keep the pumps running each and every year!
Our program in Tanzania is a little younger than our program in Ghana and has seen consistent and sustained growth.
Conditions on the ground are very similar to those that Lifetime Wells International faced in Ghana in the early years. Poor infrastructure and road conditions in the rural areas of the country make it difficult to get our large drilling rig and supplies to the areas that need it most.
Even with these difficulties, Lifetime Wells International is committed to drilling 100 wells in Tanzania each year. Your support makes it possible to provide these wells and the maintenance they require.
Board of Directors
Ben Wood serves as Vice-President and has been a member of the Board of Directors since it’s founding. Ben runs the family business, Lifetime Wells of Maryland and has taken many trips to Ghana and Tanzania.
Ron Reese serves as Treasurer and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. Ron is a retired Partner and CFO of LL Funds, LLC, a Philadelphia investment management firm. He also serves as a Trustee of Susquehanna University and is on the Board of Woofies Baking Company, a nonprofit that employs young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Jim Devine is the Secretary and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. He has made numerous service trips to Ghana in support of LWI operations. He has served on several standing committees and as a Deacon at Media Presbyterian Church. He has a chemical engineering degree from Virginia Tech and works as a territory specialist for Athlon Solutions.
Ken Wood is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lifetime Wells International and is retired from running the family business, Lifetime Wells in Maryland. Ken began drilling wells in Ghana in 2006 when he sold a drilling rig to a church that wanted to provide water to the people of Ghana. About 8 years ago, Lifetime Wells also began drilling operations in Tanzania where Ken still spends over two months a year drilling.
David Powell is co-founder and President of Lifetime Wells International. David started his nonprofit work in Africa in 2004 with Wells For Life International, drilling water wells for the people of Morocco. Today, David oversees the drilling operations in Ghana and heads our sustainability projects. David is the President of Edward Powell Pump and Well Drilling of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Penn State University.
Burnet Chalmers is a former partner and manager of the Milby Company, a distributor of equipment to water well, septic and water treatment contractors. Like Ron, Burnett is adjusting to life in retirement and giving back to his community.
Iain Hunt is an adjunct professor and manager of the International Development track in Villanova University's graduate program in Sustainable Engineering. Iain has 7 years international field experience in WASH programs and has been involved with Villanova’s partnership with Lifetime Wells since 2015, focused on sustainability efforts.
Steve Huxta earned a Bachelors in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, Masters in Hydrogeology from UPENN, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist. He is a Project Manager/Hydrogeologist at Brickhouse Environmental and teaches as an adjunct professor at Drexel University.
Richard Mest is President of Master Water Conditioning Corp, a manufacturer of water treatment products services and technical support. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors for WQRF Water Systems Council and the Oregon Ground Water Association.
Chris Quinn serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and serves on the House Appropriations, Consumer Affairs, Gaming Oversight, and Urban Affairs Committees. He is the Vice-Treasurer of the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority and is the owner of the independent Quinn Insurance Agency.
Mark is a graduate of Eastern University. Prior to joining Lifetime Wells International, Mark held numerous leadership and relationship management roles at one of the largest investment services firms in the United States.