Schenectady, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
The African Well Fund (http://www.africanwellfund.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of funding clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, raised $9,409.30 during the recent 10th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday Fundraiser. Thanks to the addition of those funds, the organization has raised a total of $1,012,242.88 to fund more than 300 projects in 14 countries that are benefiting over 335,000 people since its founding in 2002.
Money raised during the annual birthday well drive benefited a water, sanitation and hygiene project in Burkina Faso that will be implemented by AWF partner Africare (http://www.africare.org) and aims to create a healthy environment for 257 schoolchildren. Donations from the 10 Build a Well for Bono's Birthday Fundraisers have totaled more than $222,000 and have been used to fund clean water and sanitation projects implemented by Africare to benefit more than 56,250 people in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
AWF was founded in 2002 by a group of U2 fans inspired by Bono's work in Africa to raise money for the construction of a well in Uganda. From there, the entirely volunteer-run organization has raised over $1 million from donors around the world, ranging from individuals to school groups.
"People always ask me how AWF became such a large fundraising organization and my answer is always the same: one small donation added to thousands of other small donations becomes a force for change, for good in the world," said Rob Trigalet, AWF board chairman. "I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve alongside the board members, the volunteers and, in particular, by the founding members of AWF whose idea struck me so powerfully all those years ago. I consider it an honor to represent such an amazing group of people who work so hard and are passionate about changing the world."
AWF will be celebrating surpassing the $1 million milestone throughout the rest of the year as it sets its sights on raising the next $1 million. The organization is currently raising money for the Dibaro School Safe Water Project Mali, a project that will be implemented by Africare to benefit approximately 1,815 people, including 100 schoolgirls, 15 schoolboys and five administrative school staff members. For more information on this project, visit http://www.africanwellfund.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3351.