Getting sustainable, clean water to one of the poorest countries in the world wasn’t always the goal for Jim Hocking, founder of Water for Good. In his recently released his new book, One Drop of Water, he documents the journey life has taken him on, in a quest to solve the world water crisis.
Jim Hocking, a longtime resident of Warsaw, Ind., was raised by his missionary parents in the Central African Republic (CAR). While in the CAR, a good friend offered to sell his well-drilling business for “one symbolic cent” if Hocking would agree to run it as a non-profit. Hocking accepted and in 2004, he founded Water for Good.
Water for Good is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides clean water to communities in the CAR, a country about the size of Texas. In 2019, the organization provided water for more than 880,000 people, drilled 868 new wells and maintained a total of 1,779 wells. Water for Good focuses on a utility-style approach to well maintenance and care, with 95 percent of its projects remaining fully operational in 2019, compared to the 60 percent regional average in Sub-Saharan Africa.
One Drop of Water explores Jim’s adventures as he works hard to implement a water infrastructure system in one of the poorest countries in the world. The reader will enjoy hearing inspirational stories from villages in Africa receiving clean water for the first time, while learning more about the Central African culture. The book can be purchased at waterforgood.org/hocking. All One Drop of Water profits will go directly to Hocking Legacy Fund which will provide sustainable rural water delivery in the Central African Republic.