KAMPALA, Uganda — Recently, well-known tenor, Anthony Kearns, headlined an exclusive concert for Wells of Life, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing clean water to areas without in Uganda.
Kearns who is considered “Ireland’s Foremost Tenor,” is known all around the globe for more than ten years of “extraordinary collaborative work,” according to Kearns’ website.
During the performance, Kearns performed songs from his homeland, Ireland, as well as classic songs and operatic music that showcased his talent and versatility. The professional singer said that he was more than happy to lend his powerful voice to the charity.
“Music transcends all boundaries, all people and politics and brings us together,” Kearns said. With this statement in mind, Kearns helped to raise funds for Wells of Life.
The organization was founded to provide clean drinking water to Uganda. According to the Wells of Life website, clean water can transform communities and can help end extreme poverty.
“By providing water to communities, we have seen a measurable step towards sustainable living, a decrease in water-borne illness, a 50 percent decrease in infant mortality and the opportunity of schooling for children, especially girls and women,” the website said.
The website also said that Wells of Life works in association with Fields of Life, an NGO that works in East Africa. The two groups work together to create quality wells for clean drinking water.
“The partnership provides us the greatest assurance that the work will be done efficiently and to the highest standards,” the website said.
Eager to help, Kearns also donated a well in his name to the victims of 9/11 for a lasting memorial. The well was completed and is now operational. He said the well is a “tribute to their lives and those who fought to protect freedom around the globe.”
Wells of Life has also helped people worldwide. The organization has reached hundreds of Ugandan villagers who don’t have this vital source. Looking towards the future, Wells of Life wants to fund the creation of one thousand water wells over a ten year period.
The organization also focuses largely on providing equal opportunities for women and girls. “Women and their daughters no longer invest a large portion of their day foraging and hauling forty pounds of water,” the website said.
The website also said that girls are able to get an education. Additionally, women and girls do not have to walk long distances unprotected and to unsafe water sources. Nick Jordan, the Wells of Life founder, said that with clean water, anything, including equality, economies can prosper.
“Once clean water is provided to a community, everything else becomes possible,” Jordan said. With Kearns’ performance, Jordan was able to raise money for two more wells and ultimately, a greater quality of life for Ugandans.
Kearns has also performed for the Fourth Annual Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans and Veterans Serving in Congress in Washington, D.C. hosted by The Congressional Institute and others, with CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett as Master of Ceremonies.
– Fallon Lineberger