Double your water impact: Ryan's Well Foundation announces expanded partnership with H2O Africa

    KEMPTVILLE, ON, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ryan's Well Foundation is
pleased to announce a $700,000 partnership for clean water and sanitation
projects in Africa with the H2O Africa Foundation. H2O Africa was founded by
Matt Damon in conjunction with the Running the Sahara expedition and
documentary to be released in 2008. The H2O Africa Foundation has agreed to
MATCH funds raised by Ryan's Well to DOUBLE THE IMPACT for both organizations
and accelerate benefits for children and families.
    This partnership marks a significant expansion of the relationship with
H2O Africa and confirms Ryan's Well as the lead youth partner and an important
delivery partner for water and sanitation projects. Earlier this year, H2O
Africa became a partner with Ryan's Well and initiated a project in northern
Uganda to build water access points and bring sanitation and hygiene education
in 20 primary schools. The project was quickly fully subscribed and the two
foundations realized that even bigger things were possible by working
together. Today's agreement takes the partnership to a new level.
    "After meeting Matt Damon, I know that he cares. I was so impressed that
someone who is so busy, finds the time to give back. I am really excited about
expanding our partnership and continuing our work together," comments Ryan
Hreljac, founder of the Ryan's Well Foundation, " I also have the opportunity
to work with Ray Zahab, one the runners of the soon to be released documentary
film, Running the Sahara. Ray enthusiasm for clean water is infectious!"
    H2O Africa Founder and Spokesman Matt Damon noted, "Ryan's Well
Foundation has become a model organization in the campaign for clean water,
and in the youth philanthropy movement in general. We're excited about the
work and impact of Ryan's Well Foundation, and are pleased to have them as our
lead partner in our campaign to engage students like Ryan all around the

    The H2O Africa Foundation was founded by Matt Damon and seeks to spread
understanding of the water crisis in Africa and engage people of all ages, but
especially the up and coming generation. Through an upcoming feature film,
Running the Sahara, the participants and producers have created a number of
partnerships to help better the lives of people in African communities without
water. One of the amazing runners who covered more than 7000 kilometres in 111
consecutive days in the film is Ray Zahab ( based in Chelsea,
Quebec. Ray is also a member of the Board for Ryan's Well.

    Ryan's Well Foundation is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to
provide clean water, improved sanitation and related hygiene education to
citizens of developing countries impacted by the global water crisis through
engagement with local partner organizations. Ryan's Well supports activities
to BUILD safe water sources, EDUCATE individuals, schools, corporations and
other service organizations to create awareness of water related issues and
those with limited access to resources and MOTIVATE present and future leaders
to realize their own global citizenship. To date, Ryan's Well has helped
almost half a million people through 319 water projects in 14 countries.
    Both organizations look to the future to expand their shared work for
clean water in Saharan Africa and across the continent. Great things are
possible by working together.

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For further information:

For further information: Keith Quinn, H20 Africa Foundation, (310)
664-2422,; Julie Truelove, Ryan's Well Foundation, (613)
258-6832,; or visit: Ryan's Well Foundation website:; H2O Africa Foundation website:; Running
the Sahara Expedition website:

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