September 2011 Archives

Water Problems are Solvable!

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That's the take home message from the recent International Water Forum at the United Nations according to the Columbia Water Center who participated in the event.

None of the many challenges are outside of the ability of human-kind to respond and resolve.  As with so many things, political will and money are needed, but the conference took it further; the general public has to understand and care before the political will and money will materialize.  And the way to the general public's heart is through effective communication.

In my 9 years with AWF, I have never once met anyone who did not want to help once they were made aware of the daily hardships faced by people in Africa in pursuit of a day's supply of clean water. This poll reiterates that point.

So the challenge is to channel that will into action. AWF was founded on the belief that clean water for everyone is not some utopian dream but an achievable goal. We wanted to prove that a group of ordinary people who care can make this goal a reality. We provide a way for the people who care to directly help the people in need.

It's great to see events like this that stress that positive change is possible when we band together.Looking forward to the new public education campaign being planned as a result of the UN forum. We will be sure to keep you posted here!

And We're Back!

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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. Punk for Peace.jpgWhat 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 Punk for Peace.jpgKen 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 To make a donation to support future African Well Fund projects, please click here.

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