Past School Challenge Projects


Over the past 12 years, hundreds of schools from all over the world have taken the School Challenge pledge to help us conquer water scarcity, and improve sanitation and hygiene in the most vulnerable communities in developing countries. Check out their accomplishments!


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 59 Schools Participated!

Students and staff at two schools in the Adansi South District in Ghana – Atobiase Roman Catholic Primary and Junior High School (563 students), and Apagya D/A (307 students) – did not have access to clean, safe water and sanitation near their school. They drank from a contaminated, unprotected spring, which made them sick, and the nearest latrine was over a kilometre (0.62 miles) away! Because the community was missing basic necessities (such as clean water and sanitation), properly trained teachers are reluctant to teach there, meaning that many of the teachers in these schools are under-qualified. But, with help from School Challenge participants, these two schools received a deep well each, handwashing stations, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) training, and pump mechanic and committee training. This clean water and sanitation to the community will not only improve their health and save lives, but will help to draw more qualified teachers to the area, leading to a better education, and more opportunities. Thank you, School Challenge participants! You have helped to provide over 870 students, teachers, and staff with clean water and brighter futures!

The total cost for this project was $27,179.

A Huge Thank You to The 2020-21 School Challenge Participants!

A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary

American Community School

Asheville Montessori School

Battle Lake Public School

Bishop MacDonell School

Corpus Christi School

Desert Bloom Preschool

École Rivière Rideau

Guardian Angels School

J.L. Jordan Catholic School

Kellison Elementary School

La Madraza School

Lake Havasu Learning Center

Martin Elementary School

Middle Creek Elementary School

Mme. Bourdeau’s Virtual Class #31

Myers Park Traditional School

Piedmont Valley Elementary School

Prenda Microschool at the Lake Havasu Learning Center

Propel Montour Charter School

Rideau Heights Public School

Rousseau Elementary School

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Saint Albert Schools

Sathya Sai School

Scotts Ridge Middle School

Searingtown Elementary School

St. Alexander Catholic School

St. Augustine’s Elementary School

St. Brendan School

St. John Catholic Elementary School

St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School

St. Jude Catholic Elementary School

St. Mark Catholic High School

St. Michael Catholic High School

St. Michaels University School

St. Peter Catholic School

Trinity School

Walnut Bend Elementary School

Watson Elementary School

Westlake Elementary

Willard Public School

Wilson School


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56 Schools Participated!

In Western Uganda, students often spend 1-2 hours per day collecting contaminated water. This is time that is taken away from learning, and many students fall behind in their studies because of it. The water they collect also comes from rivers, and often carries water-borne diseases, such as cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea, which cause students to become sick – leading to even more missed school hours. It is for these reasons that Ryan’s Well Foundation partnered with Rukungiri Women’s Integrate Development Foundation (RWIDF) in Western Uganda for the 2019-2020 School Challenge project, which provided two vulnerable primary schools with rainwater harvesting tanks, and one primary school with two 4-stance latrines – one for male students, and one for female students – along with accompanying handwashing jars. In addition to these two primary schools, another six schools in this region were mobilized and received critical WASH training. Thank you to the amazing students, teachers, and staff who participated; you have helped to provide another 3000+ people with access to safe water!

The total cost for this project is $45,867.








47 Schools Participated!

Students at 9 schools in Amach sub-county, Uganda, missed hours of class every day to walk several kilometers to get water for their families. This made it extremely difficult for them to stay on track with their education and may have resulted in students having to drop out of school entirely. Water borne diseases are the most common cause for sickness and death for young children in the area. The 2018/2019 School Challenge provided a school with a rehabilitated deep well, another school with a new deep well, constructed two 5-stance drainable latrines, and provided training for schools and neighbouring community members on how to make RUMPS (Reusable Menstrual Pads for Students). Thanks to the incredible fund raising efforts of 47 schools around the world, 2,250 people now have access to clean water.

The total cost for this project is $43,534.










 89 Schools Participated!

Students at three schools in Kajiado county, Kenya, missed hours of class every day to walk several kilometers to get water for their families. This chore made it extremely difficult for them to stay on track with their education, and contributed to low attendance rates. The 2017/2018 School Challenge succeeded in raising $58,376.39, which provided each of the three schools with a 30,000L rain water harvesting tank and constructed 24 household community tanks. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene training (WASH) was also provided for the three schools and their neighbouring communities, which contributes to good maintenance of the tanks and long-term self-sustainability. Thanks to the incredible fund raising efforts of 89 schools around the world, 2,000 people now have access to clean water.


45 Schools Participated!

In the province of Kouritenga, in Eastern Burkina Faso, there were four schools that needed your help. The School of Tibin, Nursery School of Koupéla, Gateway School of Kiinga, and the School of Dimistenga were each in need of a well. Because of the amazing efforts of 45 schools around the world, they were able to raise over $35,998 to provide clean water to 5,000 people as well as WASH (Water, Hygeine, Sanitation) training at the schools and within the community.


25 Schools Participated!

Thanks to the amazing students and staff that participated in the School Challenge, school children at Passimnoghin Primary School will learn all about hygiene and healthy life practices now that they have received their brand new wells and sanitation facilities! 79 of the 198 students were girls, who without access to a nearby water source, would have walked hours every day to fetch water for their families. This years school challenge raised a total of $27,990.


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53 Schools Participated!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of 53 schools from six countries, we were able to raise over $25,000 for Ajobi Primary School in Uganda. With these funds, we were able to build one deep bore well, two latrine blocks, one handicap accessible latrine block, two hand washing stations, and one washing station in the girls block. The students and community now have access to clean water and sanitation because of the amazing efforts by all the students and teachers. Great job!


55 Schools Participated!

Clean water, proper sanitation, and hygiene education – these were what three schools in Haiti needed to brighten the futures of their students. With the help of 55 schools from around the world raising a total of over $58,385, Ryan’s Well was able to do just that. Clean water and sanitation for 1,450 students at three schools in Haiti! Amazing effort.



38 Schools Participated!

Three schools and their surrounding communities in Ghana needed your help and you gave it. 38 schools from around the world participated in the 2012 School Challenge and raised just over $42,000. Over 2,000 students & teachers now have access to safe water, sanitation & hygiene education!



31 Schools Participated!

2,500 people in the Ngong sub-country of Kenya needed the benefits of clean water and proper sanitation in their communities. So, 31 schools from seven countries came together through the School Challenge and raised over $30,000, dramatically changing the futures for many.



 24 Schools Participated!

Our 2010 School Challenge project aimed to bring bring water, sanitation and hygiene education to 905 students and 13 teachers at Ariek P7 School, located in the Tedwi Village of northern Uganda. And it did just that, thanks to the incredible students and staff from the 24 participating schools who together raised over $25,000.  The 905 students and 13 teachers at Ariek P7 School in Uganda now have access to safe water!



 15 Schools Participated!

We launched our first School Challenge in 2009. The incredible 15 schools from nine countries helped raise $22,575– surpassing our target of $18,400. Thanks to you, 1,365 people – including 765 students at Adakpame School face brighter futures!