In an effort to stimulate new dialogue about clean water, sanitation, wells, and Africa we have decided to bring back our blog! Our goal is to post at least once a week (hopefully more) any articles, ideas, and information that we come across as we go about our daily business. We hope that this blog will create some meaningful discussions about the causes we at the African Well Fund believe in so deeply.
So to kick off our re-entry into the blogsphere I am sharing with you our latest entry in our “Why You Give” series. We hope that you are as inspired by Ken as we are.
As African Well Fund nears the $1 million fundraising mark, we’ve asked supporters to share their stories of why they give. In this installment, Ken Braley, founder of Punk For Peace, shares his reasons why. How did you first learn about the African Well Fund? I first learned about the African Well Fund at an Anti-Flag show a few years ago. Anti-Flag brought the African Well Fund on tour with them. I talked to people there from AWF and Anti-Flag about how good it was to hear a positive message and have a way to help people at a show. Why did you want to support AWF? There are several reasons why I support AWF. The most-important reason is because I believe that the work they do is very important, life-changing work. I was also happy to find out that AWF was founded by music fans. This fit perfectly with my company, Punk For Peace, which, among other things, tries to help music fans find ways they can make positive changes in their communities and the world.
What are some specific things you’ve done to support AWF’s mission to fund clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa? The African Well Fund is one of 11 nonprofit organizations that Punk For Peace has donated money to so far. Ten percent of all profits [from] the company are donated to nonprofits with similar goals. Besides donating, I have also used the Punk For Peace Facebook page to let fans know about the great work that AWF is doing and how they can get involved. Why do you continue to support AWF? I continue to follow the work of the African Well Fund and plan to continue to support it. Clean drinking water is probably the most basic human need that every single person on this planet should have available to them.
Ken Braley is the founder of Punk for Peace, which promotes and sells music while providing support to nonprofit organizations, including African Well Fund. If you’d like to tell African Well Fund why you give, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation to support future African Well Fund projects, please click here.