About Ryan’s Well

About Us

Ryan’s Well Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization providing effective and sustainable solutions to the water crisis in the poorest regions of the worlds’ developing countries.

Our History

The Foundation grew from the passion and courage of one 6-year-old boy, Ryan Hreljac. Ryan was inspired to take action as a grade one student when he learned of the devastating consequences for people without access to safe drinking water. He was remarkably determined as he succeeded in rallying his community to help him raise the funds needed to build one well in Uganda, Africa. One well that has changed everything. Now more than 20 years later, Ryan’s Well Foundation is a family of people committed to providing access to safe water and sanitation as an essential way to improve lives in the developing world. We also educate people about the importance of accessing safe water and sanitation services, and look to motivate citizens of all ages to take action and effect positive change in the world.

Our Mission

Ryan’s Well Foundation, together with local partners, provides access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in the poorest regions of developing countries. We educate and motivate people to share our passion and contribute to achieving change in the world.

Much remains to be done

As a young adult, Ryan remains dedicated to the Foundation and to ending the world water crisis. By working tirelessly every day, he inspires and motivates people across the globe to join our cause. Together, we can save lives, improve health, and create brighter futures for those in greatest need of clean water.

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Our Work

 

WE FOCUS ON BUILDING CLEAN DRINKING WATER SOURCES

Access to safe and proximate sources of clean water is a basic necessity of life. Without water there is no life. Unsafe drinking water may cause serious disease and even death, particularly among young children. We build wells, rainwater harvesting tanks and natural spring water protection systems in regions of developing countries where consumption of contaminated water is the only option.

WE WORK WITH RELIABLE LOCAL PARTNERS

Our strong relationship with “on the ground” organizations with local knowledge and expertise ensures we address community identified needs and priorities. This approach supports engagement in the planning and implementation of projects, respecting local traditions, ideas and beliefs. We provide funding to our partners to build clean water and sanitation sites and help in the delivery of hygiene education.

WE CONCENTRATE OUR WORK IN STRATEGIC REGIONS

We strategically and uniquely focus our work in the rural and most remote areas of the poorest countries in a concentrated region; this ensures that we are leaving no communities behind. We work in a small number of countries in close proximity to one another, such as the case in East and West Africa. This approach allows us to work more efficiently — cost-effectively building water and sanitation projects, facilitating collaboration with regional and local partners and the monitoring of our impact.

WE PROVIDE SAFE SANITATION SITES AND HYGIENE EDUCATION

Clean water is one element of a comprehensive approach that also includes safe and accessible sanitation sites and school- and community-based education on essential hygiene practices. This three element model – clean water; sanitation; hygiene – optimizes health and well-being outcomes in our targeted communities.

WE EMPOWER PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES FOR LASTING RESULTS

Mobilized and engaged communities are vital to ensuring sustainability and long term results. Village and school-based committees are established and trained to manage and maintain their clean water sources and sanitation sites. This includes training of well maintenance technicians and the development of expertise to deliver ongoing hygiene education initiatives.

INSPIRING INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT

Here at Ryan’s Well, we like to believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. By telling Ryan’s story and empowering engagement and action, we create opportunities to contribute to the work that we do. Donate today!

 

“When you have a passion and invite other ordinary people to join in, you become a community. A community of ordinary people can do extraordinary things!”

RYAN HRELJAC

About Ryan’s Well Foundation

About Ryan’s Well Foundation