African Well Fund Celebrates Bono’s 50th Birthday With Funding of Zimbabwe Water Project

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Nonprofit organization raises $50,000 to fund water and sanitation project in Zimbabwe.

The African Well Fund has raised $25,217.02 in its eighth annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser. Held from March 21 through May 15, the fundraiser aimed to raise $50,000 in honor of Bono's 50th birthday to fund a clean water and sanitation project in Zimbabwe. Thanks to the continued support the African Well Fund has received from donors throughout the year, the Zimbabwe project has been fully funded.

"On behalf of the African Well Fund, I just want to say thank you to all of the people who donated through the Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser for our project in Buhera, Zimbabwe," said Rob Trigalet, board chairman of the African Well Fund. "I am simply amazed year after year by the generosity and passion of the U2 fan community."

The Buhera Integrated Community Water and Sanitation Project will benefit 2,200 people in a region of Zimbabwe that has been greatly impacted by a cholera epidemic. Learn more about the project, which will be implemented by African Well Fund partner Africare, at

To reach the $50,000 goal, the African Well Fund accepted donations through its website and Facebook page, sold limited-edition prints by artist Azalea Millet, and auctioned U2 live photos and U2 360 Tour concert tickets on eBay.

All Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday donors were invited to add their birthday wishes to a card that will be sent to Bono via Principle Management.

U2 fans have donated nearly $200,000 through the eight Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraisers to benefit more than 30,000 people in Angola, Liberia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

AWF is currently accepting donations to fund a $30,000 water pump project in Benin that will provide clean water sources to as many as 1,000 people. Learn more about the project at

AWF is currently in the running for a $20,000 donation in the Chase Community Giving challenge on Facebook. Supporters with Facebook accounts can vote for AWF by July 12 in the contest that rewards the nonprofit organizations that get the highest number of votes with donations of $20,000, $100,000 or $250,000 from Chase. To place a vote, or learn more about Chase Community Giving, visit

The African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of funding clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa . Since its founding in 2002, the African Well Fund has raised more than $700,000 to fund more than 200 projects in 13 African nations, benefiting more than 260,000 people.

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