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The African Well Fund raised $7,719.12 during the 11th Annual Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday drive to help fully fund the Mali Dibaro School WASH Project, a $50,000 project to be implemented by Africare that will benefit over 1,800 schoolchildren and community members.
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AWF board member Lara Wineman created a multimedia birthday card for Bono that was sent to Principle Management and includes the total raised and messages left by donors.
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“This year’s card is an homage to the West African art I saw in Benin on our trip,” she said. “Like the artists in Benin, I used materials and objects found around me in nature as well as upcycled from manmade materials.”
Wineman and several other AWF board members recently traveled to Benin to visit schools with clean water and sanitation projects funded by the 9th Annual Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday drive.
“In Benin, we were told that students, some of whom walked as many as 9 miles to get to school, would then have to walk back the same distance at midday to use latrines and obtain water,” said Elizabeth Gipson, one of the AWF board members who made the trip. “Many chose not to make the return journey in the afternoon–and with that kind of walk, who could blame them? Kids should be able to go to school, to focus on lessons, on friendships, on being children. They shouldn’t have to choose between water and school.
“It was encouraging to see the transformation brought about by this project in Benin, but there is so much work still to do,” Gipson continued. “Coming home, I found the totals for this year’s BBW acted as a sort of lifeline, a symbol of hope for change, for the future. We can’t fix everything, but we can do this–one school, one community at a time.”
AWF will soon announce its next fundraising project.
U2 fans have donated more than $227,000 in Bono’s honor during the 11 Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday fundraisers to fund the construction of clean water and sanitation projects, implemented by Africare, that are benefiting nearly 58,000 people in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Uganda and Zimbabwe.