Pals for Life
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In 1999, Ryan Hreljac (hurl-jack) and Jimmy Akana became pen pals1(筆友). They lived on two continents, thousands of miles apart. Their lives could not have been more different. Ryan lived with his family in Kemptville, Canada, while Jimmy, an orphan2, lived in Agweo, Uganda. Jimmy's life was in constant danger because rebel(反叛者) troops would raid(襲擊,突然搜捕) his village. Fate, and Ryan's determination to help others, brought the pals together.

When Ryan was 6, he learned that millions of people in Africa did not have access to clean water. He decided3 to change that. To raise money, Ryan did chores(家務,瑣事) for four months. He earned $70, but that was not enough to build even one well. "I realized that I couldn't raise $ 2,000 by doing chores," he told TFK. "So I started doing public speaking." To date, the Ryan's Well Foundation has built 238 wells in 11 countries. "We've helped almost 400,000 people and raised $ 1.5 million," Ryan says.

The foundation's first well was built in Agweo, where Jimmy lived. For the first time in his life, Jimmy was able to get clean drinking water without having to walk for miles. The boys met in 2000, when Ryan traveled to Uganda. "We had a connection from the beginning," says Jimmy of that meeting.

Four years ago, the Hreljac family adopted(收養) Jimmy and brought him to live in their home. Ryan, 15, and Jimmy, 17, speak to communities and schools all over the world about the importance of having clean drinking water. They tell the story of the well that brought them together in Ryan and Jimmy, a new book written by Herb Shoveller.


1 pals 51a8824fc053bfaf8746439dc2b2d6d0     
n.朋友( pal的名詞復數 );老兄;小子;(對男子的不友好的稱呼)家伙
  • We've been pals for years. 我們是多年的哥們兒了。
  • CD 8 positive cells remarkably increased in PALS and RP(P CD8+細胞在再生脾PALS和RP內均明顯增加(P 來自互聯網
2 orphan QJExg     
  • He brought up the orphan and passed onto him his knowledge of medicine.他把一個孤兒養大,并且把自己的醫術傳給了他。
  • The orphan had been reared in a convent by some good sisters.這個孤兒在一所修道院里被幾個好心的修女帶大。
3 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
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