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Well to honour 9/11 victims now operational in Uganda


March 16, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

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March 16, 2015, Mission Viejo, CA – The first
Wells of Life water well to honour the victims of 9/11 is now
operational and providing fresh drinking water to communities in need in Uganda.

March 16, 2015, Mission Viejo, CA – The first
Wells of Life water well to honour the victims of 9/11 is now
operational and providing fresh drinking water to communities in need in Uganda.

Non-profit organization Wells of Life is dedicated to providing safe, clean
water to children and families in Uganda.

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The water well, dedicated by national ambassador Anthony Kearns to honour those who lost their lives after the 9/11 attacks, is already drawing fresh water, according to the organization's founder and president Nick Jordan.

 

Kearns said in a news release that he is pleased that the Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well will honour the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as those who paid the ultimate price in defense of freedom.
"The new life that is growing as a result of this water well will be a
meaningful way to cherish their contributions," he said.

 

The well is located in the Katakwi District of Uganda and is supplying water for 684 students, said Kearns. It is the 104th well drilled by Wells of Life.

 

Kearns,
who also helped produce two public service announcements for Wells of
Life, said that his well and others build "bridges of hope between those
who are committed to serve and those who lack this most basic component
of life – clean, safe water."

 

"We are proud to have built Anthony's well in
only four months.  That's a very impressive timeline, especially given
that we are working across three continents," Jordan said, adding that an
Irish-based NGO is building the wells in Africa, with support from the United States.

 

According
to Wells of Life, one in six people in the world do not have access to
safe drinking water, and approximately one in five children in East Africa dies of a water-borne disease before the age of five. Drilling a well in a village saves countless lives, yet only costs $6,000 to drill.

 

Kearns dedicated his Memorial Well after he performed during the 2014 National September 11 Memorial Museum Benefit in New York City. At the gala, Kearns sang "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" before introducing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

Kearns
accepted the donation of a well in lieu of payment for performing at
the Wells of Life exclusive annual Fundraiser Gala and Auction at the
Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo on Oct. 25, 2015.

 

"Our
mission is to fund the drilling of 1,000 water wells over a 10-year
period, providing water for a million villagers – with 40 wells funded
in 2015," said Jordan.

 

"We
believe that water is a basic human right and should be available to
all people regardless of where they live. We are committed to inspiring
others to join us in eradicating the main cause of poverty and disease
in the villages of Uganda
– the lack of clean water. We view our wells as catalysts that drives
change within the communities we work in. The provision of clean water
literally revolutionizes a community overnight," he said.