Ryan and Jimmy

Ryan and Jimmy

And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together

Book - 2006
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It costs a lot of money to build a well in Africa --- a lot more than Ryan Hreljac had thought. Still, the six year old kept doing chores around his parents' house, even after he learned it could take him years to earn enough money. Then a friend of the family wrote an article in the local newspaper about Ryan's wish to build a well to supply people with safe, clean water. Before long, ripples of goodwill began spreading. People started sending money to help pay for Ryan's well. Ryan was interviewed on television. His dream of a well became an international news story.

In Agweo, Uganda, villagers were used to walking a long way every day in search of water. What they found was often brown and smelly and made a lot of people sick. But when Ryan's well was built, life in the village changed for the better. A young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed for a chance to thank Ryan in person for this gift of life --- clean water.

When they finally meet, an unbreakable bond unites these boys from very different backgrounds, and a long and sometimes life-threatening journey begins.

Ryan and Jimmy is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781553379676
Branch Call Number: J 361.74092 Hrelj-S
Characteristics: 55 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.


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Aug 10, 2017

Good book showing even young children can improve the world through hard work, determination and a help from the community. Included with the story of water before and after the well, are the very real threats to children during the civil war in Uganda. Parents should consider previewing due to violent topics.

Six-year-old Ryan was so bothered by the thought of children in Africa who didn’t have clean water that he did extra chores to raise money to buy them a well. Jimmy was Ryan’s pen pal in the village where the well was built. The well brought them together.

Facchintr Jun 23, 2010

My daughter really learned a lot from reading this book and continues to talk about Ryan and Jimmy as if she knows them personally. This truly is a remarkable, inspiring story.

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