Wells of Life, a non-profit that drills water wells in Uganda, has completed its first-ever well that honors the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well is now fully functional and providing fresh drinking water to 684 students in the Katakwi District of Uganda.
The 104th well drilled by Wells of Life has been dedicated by Wells of Life Ambassador Anthony Kearns to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
“The new life that is growing as a result of this water well will be a meaningful way to cherish their contributions,” Kearns said. He went on to say that his well and others build “bridges of hope between those who lack the most basic component of life – clean, safe water.”
One in six people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water, according to Wells of Life. “We are proud to have built Anthony’s well in only four months,” said Nick Jordan, Wells of Life founder and president. “That’s a very impressive timeline, especially given that we are working across three continents.”
Kearns dedicated the memorial well after he performed during the 2014 National September 11 Memorial Museum Benefit in New York City. He accepted the donation of a well in lieu of payments for performing at the Wells of Life annual fundraiser gala and auction on Oct. 25, 2015.
“We’re honored to have the incredibly gifted Mr. Kearns be such a powerful voice on behalf of Wells for Life, as well as championing work through the dedication of his well and other contributors,” Jordan said.
The mission of the non-profit is to fund the drilling of 1,000 water wells over a 10-year period, providing water for 1 million villagers. Jordan said 40 wells have been funded for 2015.
To learn more about Wells for Life, visit www.wellsforlife.org.