The African Well Fund is hosting the 12th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser April 1-May 10 to benefit a community-based water and sanitation project in the Ebo municipality of the Kwanza Sul Province in Angola. The project aims to increase access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation for more than 12,000 people living in these communities.

For more information on the project, read the project proposal and budget here.

AWF is offering a limited-edition print of a 2012 painting of Bono by Janelle Doyle, a Minneapolis-based visual artist. The limited-edition prints are 8.5 x 11 inches and hand-signed by the artist. Please add a note in comments when donating if you would like to receive a print.

In addition to accepting donations online, AWF is raising money for Build a Well for Bono's Birthday through the sale of T-shirts and other items with this year's logo in the AWF Zazzle store.

All donors are invited to add their name and a message to a birthday card that AWF will send to Bono care of Principal Management.

The 11 previous campaigns have raised over $225,000 in Bono's honor to fund the construction of clean water and sanitation projects implemented by AWF partner Africare that are benefiting more than 60,000 people in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Your donation will help give the people of Ebo the tools and training needed to improve public health in their communities.


African Well Fund is challenging supporters to walk A Mile in Her Shoes by participating in its annual penny fundraiser for World Water Day. The organization is aiming to collect a mile's worth of pennies (84,480 pennies or $844.80) from March 15-22 in honor of those who have to walk miles each day to get water.

Each day in Africa, millions of people, particularly women and children walk for miles to get water. The chore of fetching water is no small task; water sources are sometimes miles away and the trip is sometimes made multiple times a day; water is heavy--a gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, women and children regularly haul 40 pounds of water per trip; very often the nearest water source is not even a clean one.

From March 15-22, AWF is asking supporters to pledge to donate pennies for their daily water usage. Participants can place containers like empty coffee cans or water bottles near toilets, sinks, water fountains and water coolers and encourage everyone to donate whenever they use water from that source.

Labels for containers can be downloaded here.

Donations can be made online via AWF's Crowdrise page.

Donations can also be sent via check to:
African Well Fund
P.O. Box 9486
Schenectady, New York 12309

Be sure to note "A Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser on your check.

For additional information and fundraising ideas, check out AWF's "A Mile in Her Shoes" kit here.

Instead of the traditional box of chocolates, give your love the gift of water this Valentine's Day and receive a special mini water garden. With well share purchases over $25, donors will also be sent a mini water garden to share with their Valentine.

To receive a water garden and a Valentine's Day Well Share, please include $3 for shipping and handling with your donation of $25 or more.

When completing your payment, click on "add special instructions to the seller" and enter the phrase "Valentine's Water Garden."

The plant is not included.

Your online purchases this holiday season can help the African Well Fund raise money to fund clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

To purchase well shares and limited-edition prints in the AWF online store, click here.

To purchase AWF logo items including T-shirts, ornaments, tote bags, and iPad and iPhone cases from Zazzle, click here.

To purchase holiday cards designed by Elsha Stockseth with a portion of sales benefiting AWF, click here.

To purchase holiday cards designed by artist Lara Wineman all sales benefiting AWF, click here.

To purchase photography by Elizabeth Gipson with a portion of sales benefiting AWF, click here.

To make purchases from affiliates Amazon.com and iTunes and earn AWF a percentage of the sale, click here.

To make purchases and get coupon codes for over 1,000 online retailers through GoodShop, and earn AWF a percentage of the sale by indicating that you support African Well Fund, click here.


The African Well Fund has launched its ninth annual Got Water? online auction. This year's auction features U2 memorabilia, a signed Keira Knightley 4x6 black-and-white photo, a signed copy of Bill Carter's book "Fools Rush In," a signed copy of Glen Hansard's "Rhythm and Repose" CD, a signed John Taylor solo CD, and African arts and crafts.

To place a bid in the auction, which runs through Nov. 11, click here.

Through the eight previous Got Water? auctions, AWF raised over $15,200 to help fund projects in Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. Funds raised during this year's auction will help AWF continue its important work.

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