Things have been a little quiet at African Well Fund lately, but we haven't gone away! We'll soon be announcing our 14th Annual 'Build a Well for Bono's Birthday', as well as a new website.
The African Well Fund's 11th annual Got Water? online auction is running through December 9th. This year's auction features signed items from celebrities including Bono, Hozier, Neil Gaiman, and more as well as U2 memorabilia from present and past tours.
AWF has raised over $17,000 through the Got Water? auctions to fund its projects and mission.
Utah artist Elsha Stockseth is selling holiday cards, with proceeds benefiting the African Well Fund. Six designs are being sold through Elsha's website, including the new Stars design, which was inspired by lyrics added to the live version of U2's "With or Without You" and the star visuals used during the song "Iris (Hold Me Close)" on the Innocence + Experience tour.
For the ninth year in a row, Elsha is donating 10 cents from the sale of each $1 card to AWF and to buy needed supplies in Africa.
"I love what the well fund does for people," Elsha says. "Plus Bono is a fan, so that is even better."
For more on Elsha, or to place an order, visit eartbyelsha.com.
We have some exciting news! We have a very generous matching challenge grant on the table!
The CHALLENGE: Raise $1000 by 11:59 p.m. PST May 3rd to receive an additional $1000 in matching funds!
If you have been meaning to donate to this year's Build a Well for Bono's Birthday Campaign but haven't done so yet, this weekend is the perfect time! Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1000 by our challenge grant donors. Your gift of $25 becomes $50, your gift of $50 becomes $100.
Only new donations will be matched. If you have already donated you can help by spreading the word and recruiting friends and family to donate.
We have just over 48 hours to meet the challenge. With your help we can meet the challenge and help bring clean water to community health huts in Senegal. Thank you for your support!
Donate here or here
From April 14th to May 31st the African Well Fund invites U2 fans and others who are inspired by Bono's tireless activism on behalf of Africa to donate to the 13th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser in honor of Bono's 55th birthday. This year's campaign will help fund a project in Senegal that will provide sustainable access to clean water. The project will improve access to clean water in 6 "Health Huts" serving 6,500 beneficiaries. The Health Huts serve as community health facilities in very rural areas. Your donation will help give the people in these areas the tools and training needed to improve public health in their communities.
You can read more about the project here.
The 12 previous campaigns have raised over $235,000 in Bono's honor to fund the construction of clean water and sanitation projects implemented by AWF partner Africare that are benefiting more than 73,000 people in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
As with last year's fundraiser, we'll be holding a 24 hr. Tweet-a-Thon on May 10th, details coming soon. If you would like to help with this or any other aspect of the fundraiser please contact Diane Yoder at dyoder@africanwellfund,org