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Volunteers - Ryan's Well

Ever seen those commercials about underprivileged kids in foreign countries and done nothing more than change the channel? We all have. Because we aren't millionaires, we can't possibly help, right? Ryan Hreljac knows it doesn't take a million bucks, just some extra chores.

One day, Ryan Hreljac's teacher told her students about the sad life of children living in disease-stricken Africa, where there is basically no access to medicine, food or clean water. Ryan listened as his teacher went on to say that hundreds of thousands of African children die each year just from drinking contaminated water. She said it would cost $1 to buy them a hot meal, $2 for a blanket, and $70 to build a well.

Six-year-old Ryan went home and begged his parents for the money to build a well. They told him he could earn the money by doing chores. And that's exactly what he did for the next four months. When he had the $70 he took it to WaterCan, but learned it would actually take $2000 to build the well. Ryan just shrugged and said he'd do more chores. It didn't take long before his story got around and people began donating money. When he was seven the well was built. This was just the beginning for Ryan.

When he was told it would cost $25,000 for a well drill - instead of a hand auger, which needed 20 people working for ten days or more - Ryan began raising funds for the drill. In the summer of 2000 Ryan traveled to Uganda, Africa for two weeks and met the children who now had clean water because of him. And he saw his well - named Ryan's Well, of course.

Ryan is now ten and in the past three years he has raised over $70,000 for clean water and school related projects in Africa. He has also spoken to more than 8,000 students. In May of 2000 he attended the Millennium Dreamers Global Conference at Disney World in Florida. He is a fundraising machine and so far the funds have built more than 30 wells.

To donate money or hear more information about Ryan, check out www.ryanswell.ca/.

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    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    bookwormlestrange
    I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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    AnnaOfExquizurd
    Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
    reply 3 days