29 Apr '12, 5am

Ryan's Well: How a 6-Year-Old Started Changing the World #GaiamHope

Ryan's Well: How a 6-Year-Old Started Changing the World #GaiamHope

Ryan Hreljac was in kindergarten when he learned that children in a Ugandan village had to walk many kilometers every day just for fresh drinking water . Dismayed, he set out to do enough chores to raise the $70 he figured it would take to drill a well for the village. It turned out the well would cost more like $2,000 to drill — but Ryan was undaunted, and he raised close to $3,000 that year as his story made headlines. Pictured above right at age 9 with his Ugandan penpal, Jimmy, Ryan was finally able to travel to the Ugandan village where his penpal lived and where one of his wells was being built. A film crew began documenting how Ryan’s wells improve living conditions for entire villages and free up precious time for youngsters to go to school, and his story even became a children’s book entitled Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa that Brought Them Together . Ryan ...

Full article: http://life.gaiam.com/article/ryans-well-how-6-year-old-s...

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