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8 people who changed the world as kids

By: Katherine Butler on March 16, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Ryan Hreljac speaks in front of a United Nations symbol in late 2017.

Photo: Ryan's Well Foundation/Facebook

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Ryan Hreljac

In 1998, 6-year-old Ryan Hreljac was shocked to learn that children in Africa had to walk many kilometers every day just to fetch water. Ryan decided he needed to build a well for a village in Africa. By doing household chores and public speaking on clean water issues, Ryan’s first well was built in 1999 at the Angolo Primary School in a northern Ugandan village. Ryan’s determination led to Ryan's Well Foundation, which has completed more than 900 projects around the world, bringing access to clean water and sanitation to more than 800,000 people. Currently, Ryan is 26 and still hard at work with the foundation as a project manager and spokesperson.