By Amin Ahmed
“Never doubt that one person can make a difference.” – Ingrid Newkirk
What is Ryan’s Well?
Ryan’s Well is an organization that has donated millions of dollars towards the global water crisis. Ryan’s Well targets nations with water scarcity as well as nations with unsanitary water by building wells. Providing water for those who can’t reach it empowers the people of these countries, encouraging them to provide for their communities, take action and promote change in the world.
Not just one well — try 750
Ryan’s Well has been working in 16 African countries will be spreading to other continents in the next few months. Ryan’s Well has built up to seven hundred fifty wells, bringing safe water and sanitation to thousands of people. This is done mostly through donations through the website www.ryanswell.ca as well as through schools in Canada.
Ryan’s Inspiring Story
Ryan Hreljac, founder of Ryan’s Well, grew up in a small town next to Ottowa, Canada called Kemptville. Ryan recently graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1998, Ryan was sitting in his first grade classroom when his teacher was explaining many in Africa lived in poverty without access to clean water, having to walk hours to obtain a bucketful of water.
Sitting in that first grade classroom, Ryan realized he simply had to take ten steps to reach the closest water fountain. He was unaware that having easy access to water fountains was a privilege unavailable to others around the world. Inevitably, he decided to do something about it.
Ryan undertook extra chores around the house in order to gather the money needed to build a well. At the time he was overflowing with ambition, thinking that one well would solve the problem! He quickly found out this was not the case and began organizing fundraisers at his school, which then expanded to his community and eventually the world.
All this sparked from a six year old’s grade one project.
Make a Difference!
Ryan is an inspiration to anyone willing to make a change in this world. I urge everyone to donate generously to the Ryan’s Well website. Even one dollar could make a difference. Fund raisers are a great way of bringing individuals within a community together and changing the lives of many living in harsh conditions.
In the words of Ryan himself: “Be brave enough to have a naive attitude, to put yourself in the mind of a first grader. Take a small step to do something about it. You never know where it might take you.” The youth, our generation, is the the voice of the future so let’s start digging!