Water Wealth: Julianne Hough Builds Wells in African Villages


SEATTLE — Julianne Hough is a famous actress who loves to act, sing and generally perform; however, she also loves to bring important stories to people’s attention. She created her own production company, Canary House Productions, specifically for that purpose, and also builds wells in African villages with the help of donations, ensuring that the people there have enough clean water to drink.

Julianne Hough Builds Wells in African Villages

In 2016, Julianne and her husband, Brooks, went on a trip to Zambia. While there, they witnessed for themselves how much trouble the local villagers had to go through to get water. Typically, these villagers have to haul heavy jugs to and from rivers; while collecting the water, they risk getting eaten by hungry crocodiles. And, to top it all off, the water is usually too dirty for human consumption but is the only water available for miles around.

After going to Kenya in 2017 and seeing the exact same dilemma, Julianne and Brooks could not take the water disparity anymore. Right before their eyes were but a small handful of the 663 million people who have no access to clean drinking water, and Julianne, unwilling to let this sit, formed the charity Love United in December of that year.

Love United and Charity: Water

Julianne knew that Love United would need help accomplishing its goal; so, almost immediately, she and Brooks partnered with Charity: Water to get help for their project. Charity: Water is a non-profit organization (NPO) that aims to make sure that everyone in the world has access to clean drinking water. The organization does this by partnering with local agencies and governments and using donations to fund their efforts to provide clean water to communities in need and ensure that the community continues to receive water in the long-run. To date, Charity: Water has helped fund 28,389 projects that have helped 8.3 million people worldwide gain and keep access to clean drinking water.

So far, Love United has run two fundraisers on Charity: Water’s website to get funding for wells in African villages. The first program launched its donation page in December of 2017 and ended on June 30, 2018; the second one started immediately after and is still running. The latter website is not set to stop accepting donations until December 31.

Creating Water Wealth

The first campaign raised a total of $21,537 from 241 donations, which is enough to provide 717 people with clean drinking water. All of the wells are still being built, but in about 21 months, Charity: Water will be able to show curious web browsers how exactly the money was spent and how it helped those poor African villagers.

The second campaign aims to give 129 more people access to clean drinking water. So far, the campaign has raised $3,880 from only three donors, but there is still time to donate. 

Clean Water, Healthier Lives

Julianne Hough saw that people in Africa were going to drastic and dangerous lengths to obtain unsafe drinking water, and she decided that she had to do something about it. With the help of her husband and Charity: Water, Julianne raised enough money to finally start to make these people’s lives better.

Julianne Hough builds wells in African villages, and she is rightfully appreciated for it. Someday soon, there will be wells springing up all over Africa, and it will be in part thanks to Julianne Hough, her husband, Charity: Water and their donors.

– Cassie Parvaz
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