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.
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CitizenKid is a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, microlending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.
Titles in collection: 100 Ways to Make the World a Better Place, 111 Trees, The Banana-Leaf Ball, Child Soldier, The Elephant Keeper, The Global Ocean, The Good Garden, How to Build Your Own Country, If America Were a Village, If the World Were a Village, The International Day of the Girl, Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea, Mimi's Village, On Our Way to Oyster Bay, One Hen, One Well, Planet Ark, Razia's Ray of Hope, The Red Bicycle, Ryan and Jimmy, That's Not Fair!, This Child, Every Child, Tree of Life, A Voice for the Spirit Bears, Walking for Water.