Here’s something to think about. When you’re thirsty and need water, what do you normally do? If you live in the US, you just walk right to the fridge or the sink or whatever and get some of the fresh, clean stuff. Well, for kids and families in Uganda, getting water is not so simple. They have to walk over seven miles just to get one drink of water! Yes, seven miles!!
I just got off the phone with my cousin Matt, who lives in New Jersey. His seventh grade class is raising at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Maple Shade, NJ, is trying to change the water situation for those in Uganda. How are they doing that, you ask? Simple: they are raising money for an organization called Ryan’s Well, which helps to provide the people of Uganda with wells that are filled with unharmful, refreshing water.
Ryan’s Well was founded by a Canadian man (a boy at the time) by the name of Ryan Hreljac. In 1998, when Ryan was in first grade, he heard about the unsafe water in Uganda, and decided to do something about it. With the help of friends and family, he raised enough money to build one well that would provide the people of Uganda with clean, safe water. In 1999, at just seven years old, the first well was completed. Since 2001, when the Ryan’s Well organization was officially founded, they have provided safe, clean areas to drink and bathe to more than 800, 000 Ugandans.
Matt and his class are trying to raise $1,500 for Ryan’s Well. So far they have received $850 in donations. If you’d like to help the OLPH 7th grade class reach their goal, you can donate as much or as little money as you’d like by going here: http://bburlage.wix.com/olph7cleanwater. Plus you can give to Ryan’s Well any time you’d like at their official website: http://www.ryanswell.ca/home.aspx
Thank you so much, and have a great rest of your day!