Tell me a little bit about African Well Fund.
African Well Fund began in 2002 on an online U2 fan discussion board. Bono had recently taken a trip to Africa with then U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and actor Chris Tucker. The trip was showcased in a MTV special called, "Diary of Bono & Chris Tucker: Aiding Africa." One of the highlights of the special was a visit to a village in Uganda where they showed how easy access to water changes lives. This segment led to a discussion in the online forum about fundraising to build wells in Africa.
How did you hear about Africare?
A group of fans determined to raise enough money to ‘build a well in Africa’ coalesced and set out to find an organization working in Africa to donate to. Our online research brought us to Africare, and we called to see whether we could donate funds specifically to a well project. Coincidentally, the day that we made our first call to Africare, Bono was at Africare House in preparation for his remarks at the 2002 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner.
What made you choose us?
When Africare interviewed African Well Fund’s Board Chairperson Julie Cook back in 2007, she expressed her reasons for choosing Africare: “We decided to work with Africare because it was well established and highly reputable. They also have their own offices in many African countries and can provide us feedback on wells and water projects built from our donations.”
She still expresses that sentiment now as African Well Fund is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with its Million Dollar Campaign, acknowledging the many donors who have worked tirelessly to raise money to build wells in Africa in partnership with Africare.
Some of the donors include 10 year old Nathaniel Crossley and Elsa Stockseth.
African Well Fund has raised more than $1 million to provide clean, safe water to 300,000 people in more than 15 countries in the past 10 years.
If you would like to donate to Africare on behalf of the African Well Fund, click here.