Founder & Executive Director

Bill Farrar

christian water charity

Founder and Executive Director, Bill Farrar is an experienced aeronautic professional and engineer who worked for a water purification manufacturer. In 2009, after streamlining and making the purification system more user-friendly, Bill had an epiphany. He knew he had to do more than manufacture the system; he had to take it to the people who needed it most. He incoprorated Fountains of Hope on July 9, 2009.  The horrific earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010, exploding into a desperate plea for safe water. Bill sprang into action and has not stopped since. The need for safe water on the small island of Haiti was enormous. Fountains of Hope continued to bring purification systems and hygiene training, but then the cholera outbreak ten months later turned the recovering island into a death camp. Contaminated water is the main cause of cholera, which has sickened over one million Haitians since late 2010 and killed more than over 10,000. To date, Fountains of Hope has installed close to 100 purifiers in Haiti bringing life through safe water to over 50,000 people. Since 2009, we have installed 179 purifier systems in 14 countries and the number keeps growing.

Bill Farrar is a single dad of three awesome children, Daniel, Michaela and Jacob. He lives in Carmel, Indiana and worships at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.  Bill has a strong aviation technical/engineering background and now uses his technical passion to take safe water to impoverished countries and disaster impacted locations. After graduating from Purdue University, he became a helicopter and airplane pilot as well as an airframe and powerplant aircraft maintenance technician.  Bill is a member of The Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Zionsville Great Banquet Community, and Kairos Prison Ministry.  He enjoys visiting the National Parks and has visited over 200 out of 412 thus far.

Bill has led many disaster relief teams including to the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina, the flooding in Villahermosa, Mexico, the post election violence in Kenya, Flooding in Burkina Faso, Africa, the typhoid outbreak in Ghana, and most recently helping earthquake victims in Nepal with his daughter Michaela. He has been on more than 30 trips to Haiti due to the earthquake leading to the cholera outbreak.

Bill and the FoH team bring not only safe water to the poor and marginalized but also the “Living Water” of Jesus Christ. Team members are encouraged to help people receiving the gift of safe water to understand the value of receiving the gift of “Living Water.”


Fountains of Hope Board Of Directors

John Kalthoff - President

John Kalthoff is a husband to Becky and father of three children. Outside of helping with Fountains of Hope, he works in the marketing department at Dow AgroSciences. For part of his professional career with Dow Chemical, John worked in the area of water purification in both product development and sales.  John has a passion for being the hands and feet of Jesus -- to bring life-giving water to those in need, creating and building new things, and helping organize others to do the same. He worships at College Park Church in north Indy.

Tim Dicke M.D. - Past President and Board Member

Tim Dicke is one of our past presidents of Fountains of Hope. He is the President and CEO of OrthoIndy and also works as an orthopedic hand surgeon. He is a husband to Karen, a father to two boys, and an owner to three horses, one dog, two cats, and one chicken! He has taken four Fountains of Hope mission trips to Haiti and looks forward to more future trips to come. In his time away from work, Dr. Tim Dicke also enjoys getting away to southern Florida for some boating and relaxation time.

Rev. Reid Walker -  Board Member

Reverend Reid Walker is husband to Marilynn. He has two grown daughters.  Reid is the Sr. Minister at West United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Indiana.  He introduced Bill to the water purification ministry after Hurricane Katrina.  In 2005, Reid took Bill to Pass Christian, Mississippi, where they installed a water purifier used by the Salvation Army for four months until the water was reinstated.  Reid has also been a part of a team installing purifier systems in Zambia.  Reid loves all kinds of sports, especially golf, and has been a chaplain for a team of NFL Referee’s.

Mike Gonzalez - Board Member

Company: VMware
Church: St. Simon Catholic Church

Nick Tillema - Board Member

Nick Tillema - Attorney at Law - is serving as FOH’s Secretary.  He is a real estate consultant/valuation specialist with Access Valuation, LLC, and has served, and is currently serving, on several national board of directors within his industry.  He worships at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and presently serves on their mission team.  He and his wife, Barbara, are looking forward to going on his first mission trip with Fountains of Hope in 2018.  He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Our Staff

Bill Farrar - Founder & Executive Director
Jessica Glenn - Office Assistant
 

Country Directors

Our Fountains of Hope Country Directors work on the ground in their countries.  They help identify and assess future sites needing water purification throughout their countries. They help install the systems and perform ongoing maintenance at previous installation sites as communities enjoy safe water. Fountains of Hope enjoys supplementing their everyday jobs and careers as they dedicate their lives to serving others.

Haiti
Pasteur Pierre Dieucon

New Jerusalem, Haiti
New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Pasteur Joas Cadet
Les Cayes, Haiti
Gros Morne Baptist Church

Kenya
Jared Ochwangi Motanya

Nairobi, Kenya
Utawala Central SDA Church

Nigeria
Reverend Sunday Aromose

Ibadan, Nigeria
Ibadan First Baptist Church
Uganda
Fred Senkumba & Pastor Isaac Sanyu

Kampala, Uganda
Kampala Church of Christ

Zimbabwe
Pastor Shepherd Zhou

Cheredzi, Zimbabwe
Cheredzi Church of Christ

India
Babu Rajesh & Pastor Matthew Raju

Kesavaram, India
Independent Peniel Prayer Hous