African Well Fund Presents Bono With Totals for 9th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Fundraiser

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Members of the nonprofit's board of directors met with the U2 lead singer in Nashville to discuss the results of the annual fundraiser held in his honor to benefit the construction of clean water and sanitation projects at four girls' schools in Benin.

Five current and former African Well Fund ( board members met with Bono prior to U2's recent show at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. During the meeting, the board members presented Bono with a handmade birthday card and let him know that over $16,000 had been raised during the 9th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser.

Bono told the board members, "You are the people who make my birthday every year," when given the card. He expressed his appreciation for the donations and mentioned that U2 has been inspired by what AWF has accomplished because of the support of its donors and volunteers. "You just show that it can be done," he said.

The mixed-media birthday card presented to Bono was created by AWF Board Member Lara Wineman, and was made from cardboard, punchinella, acrylic paint, sewing pattern tissue paper and found objects. It contained all of the birthday messages left for Bono by donors on the AWF website.

"It was thrilling, of course, to be part of the AWF delegation that presented the card to Bono, but what struck me the most was Bono's comment that the band found AWF's work so inspiring," said Diane Yoder, AWF board vice chairman. "I have always thought of AWF as a way for U2 fans to 'pay it forward'—to turn inspiration into action. I had never considered that this action would in turn inspire the band. I am proud to be part of our organization and am eternally grateful to all the donors and volunteers who have stood by us through the years."

Funds raised during this year's Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser will benefit clean water and sanitation projects that will be implemented by AWF partner Africare ( at four girls' schools in Benin supported by Angelique Kidjo's Batonga Foundation ( AWF is still in need of $5,500 to fully fund this project. For information on making a donation to this and other AWF projects, please visit

Donations from the nine Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraisers have totaled more than $213,000 and have been used to fund clean water and sanitation projects implemented by AWF partner Africare to benefit more than 56,000 people in Angola, Benin, Liberia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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 organization has raised more than $950,000 to fund projects in 14 African nations, benefiting more than 316,000 people, and is on track to hit the $1 million fundraising mark this year.


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