The 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.
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.
The 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.
Access to safe and proximate sources of clean water is a basic necessity of life. Without water there is no life. Unsafe drinking water causes serious diseases and even death, particularly among young children. We build wells, rainwater harvesting and natural spring water protection systems in areas of developing countries where people are suffering from contaminated water consumption as their only option.
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 strategically and uniquely focus our work in the rural and most remote areas of the poorest countries in a concentrated region, for example Haiti. 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.
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.
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.
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. To get involved, click here.
“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!”