Six years ago I went on a trip with seven friends to Rwanda that changed everything. We had heard about the water crisis, one billion people living without clean water, and created a group called Wishing Well believing we could do something about it. We didn't have much money, but we knew that by telling a story and engaging our community, we would have an impact
This was not an issue of cash
This was an issue of cultural imagination and heart.
If we can change what people believe about poverty, we can change the world.
With this in mind we made One Drop, a documentary that showed the faces and names of the people living in poverty and the incredible joy that came to a community with clean water.
Our Experience: The First Documentary
One Drop premiered at the Town Hall theatre in Times Square, NYC, was an official selection of the LA Film Festival, and played at hundreds of screenings across the nation. The photos we took, with our friend Esther Havens, have been seen and experienced by millions of people.
We have a solution!
The solution is found in investing in the same people we are trying to help. By investing in locally owned businesses we have seen Rwandan's give water to their neighbors, grow their economies, and send their kids to school.
The Immediate Impact:
Wishing Well is now supporting a brand new, locally owned for-profit well drilling business run by Christelle Kwizera, a 20 year old college student. Christelle and her team have already put in 11 wells, have 4 more wells funded, and a dream/plan to be entirely independent of outside funding within two years time. We have already raised more than $70,000 to make this happen!
We need to capture this story:
With your help, we want to tell this story of empowerment to the world. Yves and Christelle represent the future of business for the entire world, not just Rwanda. If we can make it work here, we can make it work anywhere.
We all believe in the value of saving lives. It's time we learned to believe in the value of the lives we save. Inspiration + tools = Empowerment. Lets use the story to inspire a generation to action and give them the tools to realize their dreams. This is how we change the world.
This November 8th, we (Steven Mayhew and Ryan Groves) will be packing our bags and setting out on a remarkable journey. As part of our masters degree in social entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University, we will be flying halfway around the world to the small African nation of Rwanda. There we intend learn first hand how local entrepreneurs and visionaries create solutions for their country. In return, we will compile these incredible stories in a new documentary to bring home to you.
Our goal is to change the way people think about Rwanda and Africa while educating the world on a better way to do business in the new millennia.
Our host will be Yves Iradukunda. Yves leads a thriving community of young innovators who are creating sustainable lasting change in Rwanda known as ELE Rwanda. Through Yves we have the chance to interact with current and future leaders in business, government, and education. Yves and his friends represent the hope of the fastest growing developing nation in the world. Their ideas, inventions, and businesses have the power to lift Rwanda out of poverty and into a new age of prosperity.
The work that ELE Rwanda is doing is truly amazing. Someone desperately needs to tell their story. This is where we come in.
Yves and his friends have invited us to Rwanda for two weeks to film what it looks like for young minds to come together to build a nation. They Want to people view Rwanda as a place of investment and partnership, not just a destination for charity. Through our documentary, working title "The Solution," we want to prove that the most powerful tools in the world for fighting poverty are education, community, and creativity.
What We Need
- We need....
- 8k for travel/lodging/food (starving grad students)
- 1.5k Cameras (1 Gopro, 1 Canon, accessories)
- 3.5k to pay our editor
- 2k to hire internet gurus and designers.
- -Free friendship bracelets from Africa = Good people (Priceless)
- -Grand Total: $15,000.
How You Can Help:
Give - This is going to have a tremendous impact on the nation of Rwanda, but it needs investment now to make it happen.
Share - Tell your friends, host a fundraiser, host a vigil, explode the web. you know the drill. Lets do this.
About Us (The Team)
- Ryan Groves: CEO of Wishing Well and producer of the documentary "One Drop". Ryan is a respected voice on development, having spoken at the Creativity World Forum, TEDx, and Yale University.
- Steven Mayhew: Producer. Grad student. This Steven's first trip to Africa. He means well, he really does. He believes everything Ryan says though I.E. " Rwanda shares a border with Spain and Alaska."
- Yves Iradukunda: CEO of ELE Rwanda. Our friend/guide/educator/translator while in country.