The Ryan’s Well Foundation began with Ryan Hreljac, a six-year-old boy, saving $70 to build a well by doing extra chores around home. From those humble beginnings, the Foundation has reached hundreds of thousands of people in our efforts to deliver safe water and empower people young and old to effect change in the world.

“I just love hearing more examples of people who … just do what they want to do and don’t care if it’s not going to fix the entire problem or not going to make the biggest impact on the world, but are naïve enough to do what I did when I was six.  And it’s amazing what can happen over time.”

– Ryan Hreljac

The final cost of a water project is different in each community, but the first step is always the same- raising the funds to make it happen. With your support, we can continue to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to people in need.

Why Water?

Having access to clean water is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty, yet 663 million people still live without it. Every $1 invested in improving water and sanitation results in $4.30 in overall economic value.

Sanitation and hygiene programs double the impact of every water project decreasing disease in a community but an average of 47%.

The water crisis creates a huge obstacle to improving education in the developing world. Reductions in time spent collecting water increase school attendance.


Did you know?

Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related disease

1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation

1 million people are killed by water, sanitation, and hygiene related disease each year

4 billion people live without access to improved sanitation

88% of all disease are caused by either unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene

Ryan’s Well Foundation uses information and statistics collected from UN-Water, The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water and Sanitation,, and The One Campaign  Water and Sanitation Issue Brief.

Donation options for individuals:

How you can donate:


Choose to give an individual gift or in honour or memory of a loved-one. Donating online is fast, easy and secure. To help keep administrative costs to a minimum, online donations must be greater than or equal to $10.


Please send your cheque or money order payable to the Ryan’s Well Foundation to:
Ryan’s Well Foundation
P.O. Box 1120
Kemptville, ON
K0G 1J0

Please ensure your complete mailing address is included with your donation so we can send a charitable tax receipt as applicable. While we appreciate each contribution, we do not recommend sending cash by mail as it can be lost or go missing.

To donate by phone, please call 613-258-6832. We accept both VISA and MasterCard.


Donors from the United States are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt for tax purposes when donating to the Ryan’s Well Foundation. The Tides Foundation is a duly registered public charity under sections 501(C)(3) and 509(A)(1) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and will accept donations for Ryan’s Well through their Global Support Fund.


For all donations of $250 or more, charitable tax receipts will be issued. For amounts less than $250, you can simply use your cancelled check as a receipt for income tax purposes. Please include your name, address and phone number on the check.

If you’re a U.S. resident looking to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of the Ryan’s Well Foundation, please make your check or money-order:

Payable to:
TIDES Foundation – Ryan’s Well Foundation


Mail to:
Tides Foundation
P.O. Box 29903
San Francisco, CA 94129



If you’re a U.S. resident but do not require a charitable tax receipt, donations can be made directly to the Ryan’s Well Foundation using our online form or through any of our various ways to give.