CitizenKid Central

Involving Families: Ryan and Jimmy

Kids can make a difference!

Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together By: Herb Shovelier is a book your family will want to read together. The book is geared toward 3rd-6th graders. The book is part of the CitizenKid Collection of stories to encourage kids to make a difference globally.

In first grade, Ryan Hreljac of Kemptville, Ontario learned that not everyone in the world had clean water. He sought to earn the money to buy a clean water well. After a newspaper ran his story, his work received international attention. He was able to fund a clean water well in the Agweo Village in Uganda, Africa. His school became pen pals with students in Agweo. One student, a young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed to tell Ryan thank you in person. Ryan was able to travel to Uganda and meet Jimmy. The book is about their friendship and the difference they have made.

The story continues as Jimmy was abducted by the LRA, a resistance group in Uganda. He escaped to his friend, the project coordinator of Ryan’s Well. After time and paperwork, Jimmy was able to come to Canada and live with Ryan’s family. They now have a foundation called the Ryan Well Foundation.

The Foundation website also has school curriculum ideas and clean water projects you can be involved in.


Be encouraged by a friendship and the power one life has to make a difference!

Involving Kids: CitizenKid Central

If you have kids, teach kids, know kids you will want to check out the website CitizenKid Central

CitizenKid is a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspires them to better global citizens.

I have featured many CitizenKids books in the involving kids category of about proximity and I plan to feature all of them.

At CitizenKid Central you can dig deeper with your own family or your classroom.  All the content on this website is kid friendly.

  • You can watch book trailers of all their books
  • Sign up for their newsletter to keep up-to-date
  • Watch interviews with the book authors
  • View videos of issues that affect kids globally and the actions that help
  • Use the amazing free resources in your home or classroom
  • Read the CitizenKid blog about the issues of; Action, Children’s Rights, Democracy, Education, Food Security, and Poverty