Ganta Hospital in Liberia wants you!

Please consider offering your skills and knowledge to help Patrick and his staff to continue delivering health services to over 600,000 plus clients yearly. You will have a life changing experience providing you with a lifetime of memories and friendships.  Please update your volunteer profile in our database on the Volunteer page.

This request for help comes directly from the Ganta Hospital Administrator, Patrick Mantor.Patrick Manor



Excerpts and description of work and staff by Mr. Mantor


Our hospital is outfitted with 1946 plumbing and it needs to be replaced. This is a very big and technical project. Our constraints are funding and acquiring qualified and experienced plumbers to draw up a plumbing system replacement plan and attach realistic cost estimate. With the realistic cost estimate, we will invite our partners to support us to modernize the plumbing system.

We solicit volunteer plumbers to assist us.

We will provide in country transportation, housing and meals.

The pediatric ward and the ob/gyn ward will be the first areas that will be retrofit. We have a very hard working and committed maintenance crew.  However, their level of expertise is limited. 

We have one plumber and one plumbing assistant who learned their trade through an apprentice type training.    All water and sewage systems are onsite with well water and septic field.  We have deep drilled wells and electric pumps pumping water into many reservoirs with gravity flow through the piping system. 


Piping Materials are locally available.

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Main contacts for project:

Patrick Mantor,

and Mary Zigbuo,

Thanks so much for your help.




P.O. BOX 1010


telephone:  +231 880834162; +231 770456998

Contractor Magazine spotlights Plumbers Without Borders

Contractor Magazine spotlights Plumbers Without Borders

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In an early 20th century advertisement from American Standard Brands, a proud plumber holding a pipe wrench stands below a slogan that reads “The Plumber Protects the Health of the Nation.” Now a five-year old, Seattle-based non-profit called Plumbers Without Borders (PWB) wants to update that truism for the 21st century.

“We want to be able to say that the plumber protects the health of the world,” said Domenico DiGregorio, a retired plumbing industry pro who is the organization’s co-founder and president. “As the world marked the 13th annual World Toilet Day in November, we wanted to see how this relatively young organization is working to raise awareness.”

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Fine Homebuilding Magazine Spotlights Fred Schilling

Debra Judge Silber, of Fine Homebuilding Magazine, recently sat down with Fred Schilling for an insightful interview about his work and altruistic efforts. Fred is a VP of Plumbers Without Borders and has made a name for himself as not only a master plumber but also as caring individual who is not afraid to get his hands dirty for the greater good.

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings, and a water park. Now he’s bringing clean water—and the skills needed to keep it flowing—to Haiti.

Read the full interview

Helping build a new dialysis facility in Ethiopia

Helping build a new dialysis facility in Ethiopia

One day after working at the site of the KFDCO (Kidney Failure Dialysis Charity Clinic), presently under construction in Addis Ababa, I noticed a large sign displaying a plumbing product training session at the entrance to the Ghion Hotel where I was staying while working with the construction crew.

I thought it would be interesting to partake and learn at this training session, as the IPS pipe and fittings was the preferred product of choice for the conditioned water recirculation loop to the kidney dialysis machines in the new clinic. After a warm welcome by all, I participated in the training along with the KFDCO Administrator Alemayehu Workshet…true to form plumbers do ask the same questions the world over…

Read Dom’s letter about his trip

Revisiting Haiti: Official IAPMO’s Magazine Article

Revisiting Haiti: Official IAPMO’s Magazine Article

Fred Schilling returns to an improving but still tenuous situation in island nation struggling to bounce back from natural disaster.
As Haiti struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and devastated much of the nation’s infrastructure, the effort continues to provide residents there with safe drinking water.

Last May, plumber Fred Schilling spent a week in Haiti teaching plumbing workshops and helping students from Haiti Tec install a water-purification system from start to finish. The system had been designed and donated by Water World Partners, a student group at Seattle University.

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Seattle to Ethiopia…and back!

Returning from a life-changing journey to Ethiopia, along with a diverse team of volunteer doctors, and medical professionals from the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO), Fred Volkers and Domenico DiGregorio embarked on the initial phase of implementing several plumbing infrastructure improvements in local medical facilities.
As we described in our last post, the unthinkable conditions at Black Lion hospital in Addis Ababa, as well as the urgent need for a Dialysis facility in a nearby hospital, captured our attention, both from a human standpoint, but especially as plumbers….we knew we could make a difference.

Standing face-to-face with many hopeful dialysis patients, who we knew would die without this life-saving equipment, our quest was clear and our resolve strengthened.

Thanks to Fred Volkers and Stirrett Johnsen Mechanical Contractors (Seattle), arrangements are underway for procuring the equipment needed to build and set up a shipping container-ized dialysis facility, which can be installed (plug & play) upon arrival to Ethiopia.

Read Dom’s letter about his trip

Ethiopia : doctors, nurses, plumbers and more

Volunteer Plumbers will be joining a diverse team of doctors, nurses, medical technicians, dialysis specialists and other professionals headed to Ethiopia in support of a great Seattle grass-roots organization, the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach group. The patients of Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa have already benefited greatly from their previous trips, and await their return with happy anticipation.

Read our recent announcement

Local Plumbers with a global impact

It may not be the most glamorous job, but it’s certainly one of the most important: bringing in the water and moving out the waste. “Plumbers Without Borders” are bringing basic needs to people in need around the world and doing a dirty job for free.

Hands-On Help for Haiti

Fred Schilling donates his time and considerable expertise to help Haitian people obtain safe, clean drinking water.

In nearly four decades as a plumber, there isn’t much that Fred Schilling hasn’t seen. Since beginning his career with the U.S. military and becoming one of south Florida’s youngest-ever Certified Master Plumbers in 1976 with a perfect 100 percent on the exam, Schilling estimates that he has been involved in about 800 construction projects over 36 years, including virtually every type of large-scale project imaginable. This includes, schools, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and even Six Flags Atlantis, which when build in the early 1980s was the world’s largest water theme park.

His latest endeavor, however, could be his most daunting – and rewarding – yet: helping bring clean, safe drinking water to the people of Haiti.

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Haitian Water Collection – Short Stories

Mike McCamon, CCO for, recently visited Haiti and saw something in Port au Prince that underlined why we do the work we do.

“Short Stories” is a series of videos in which members of the team recount stories of their time in the field. Let us take you on a journey!

Secretary Clinton Launches New US Water Partnership

As a public-private initiative, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) unites and mobilizes U.S.-based expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world. The U.S. Water Partnership brings together top U.S. resources to create valuable solutions that will positively impact our growing global water challenges.

Announced in March 2012, the Partnership is supported by a wide range of government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and the private sector. As a single entry point into vast amount of U.S. water knowledge and expertise, the U.S. Water Partnership demonstrates U.S. leadership on global water issues, and provides an important platform for public-private collaboration to leverage assets, know-how, and investment of partner organizations and other stakeholders.

Find out more…

Fred C. Schilling Jr. headed for Haiti

We want to share with you that one of our members, Fred C. Schilling, a Certified Master Plumber, Backflow Tester and Backflow Repair technician in Florida, is headed to Haiti next week May 9th, 2012, to work with Water for Humans ( on a water-purification system.

Our hats off to Fred, as well as our heartfelt Thanks for his deep personal concern and willingness to serve in the collective effort to help bring some relief to the people of Haiti, suffering from drinking contaminated water and lack of sanitation.

Frederick C Schilling Jr., born at “Flushing Hospital” in New York, (1949) is an interesting origin for someone whom would span six decades dedicated to the “Art” of being a Plumber.

Fred began his formal Plumbing training as a U. S. Air Force Plumber, at Port Hueneme California, with the Navy Seabees and Air Force Civil Engineering. In 1969, he was assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, spending over a year working hand in hand with Korean Nationals, many of them, women (some with infants strapped to their backs) constructing new Plumbing Installations.

He became a member of the U. S. Air Force “Red Horse” Combat Construction Squadron which stands for ‘Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Engineers’.

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