Ryan Hreljac: Ryan’s Well
17 year-old raises millions to bring safe water to Africa
At age 6, RYAN HRELJAC learned that people around the world were dying because they had no access to clean water. And so, with the help of his family, Ryan raised his first $2,000 to build a well in Africa. For Ryan this was only the beginning: he went on to create the Ryan's Well Foundation, a charity committed to building clean water wells in Africa. He then took his message on the road lecturing in schools and forums across North America to raise awareness for his cause. Today, at 17, his fund-raising efforts are responsible for a total of 432 water and sanitation projects in 15 countries, providing clean water to over 577,640 people.