Ryan and Jimmy

Ryan and Jimmy

And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together

By Herb Shoveller

Kids Can Press, Hardcover, 9781553379676, 55pp.

Publication Date: September 2006

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.

About the Author
Herb Shoveller worked at the "London Free Press" for two decades before leaving in 2005 to start a writing, editing, and consulting business. He is the author of "The Story of Ryan and Jimmy" and lives in Guelph, Ontario.