Mar 17, 2015

Memorial Well Honoring 9/11 Victims Provides Water in Uganda

The Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well is located in the Katakwi District of Uganda and is supplying water for 684 students

Wells of Life Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well September 11 Uganda

Wells of Life announced that its first-ever water well to honor the victims of 9/11 is now fully operational and providing fresh drinking water in Uganda.

The water well, dedicated by Wells of Life National Ambassador Anthony Kearns to honor those who lost their lives after the 9/11 attacks, is already drawing freshwater, according to Wells of Life Founder and President Nick Jordan.

Kearns said that he is pleased that the Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well will honor the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001—as well as those who paid the ultimate price in defense of freedom. "The new life that is growing as a result of this water well will be a meaningful way to cherish their contributions," Kearns said.

The Anthony Kearns 9/11 Memorial Well is located in the Katakwi District of Uganda and is supplying water for 684 students, according to Kearns. It is the 104th well drilled by Wells of Life.

"We are proud to have built Anthony's well in only four months. That's a very impressive timeline, especially given that we are working across three continents," Jordan said. An Irish-based nongovernmental organization is building the wells in Africa, with support from the U.S.

According to Wells of Life, one in six people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and approximately one in five children in East Africa dies of a waterborne disease before the age of five. Drilling a well in a village saves countless lives, yet only costs $6,000 to drill.

Kearns dedicated the memorial well after he performed during the 2014 National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Benefit in New York City. At the gala, Kearns sang "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" before introducing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Kearns accepted the donation of a well in lieu of payment for performing at the Wells of Life exclusive annual Fundraiser Gala and Auction at the Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2015.

"Our mission is to fund the drilling of 1,000 water wells over a 10-year period, providing water for a million villagers, with 40 wells funded in 2015," Jordan said.