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How do you inspire a child? Sometimes, all it takes is a story.

When Ryan Hreljac was a grade one student, his teacher told the class a story about problems facing people in the developing world. One of the most serious problems, she told them, was the lack of safe drinking water.

Ryan was so moved by what he heard that he determined he had to do something to help. So after consulting his parents the little boy from Kemptville, Ontario, started doing extra chores around home to raise money toward the dream of building a well in Africa.

So began a journey that would shape his life, transform the life of another little boy half a world away, lead to the development of the Ryan’s Well Foundation and provide clean, accessible drinking water to three-quarters of a million people in developing nations around the globe.

This riveting true-life story is told in the book Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller. Published by Kids Can Press, the book is a moving account written for children ages 8 to 12 that features photographs of real-life events.

The award-winning book tells an inspiring tale of survival, friendship, activism and the power of caring for your fellow human beings.

Consider sharing it with the children in your life. You never know where hearing this story — Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together — might lead.

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