How I Built 100 Wells Across Africa to Solve the Clean Water Crisis and Change Lives


Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, documents his ambitious journey to build 100 wells in multiple African countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Somalia, and Cameroon. By providing clean drinking water access to around 500,000 people lacking it, the initiative helped local communities battling unsafe water that caused diseases and fatalities. It transformed lives across schools, hospitals, villages enabling thousands including children and farmers to get water nearer their homes.

Timestamped Highlights

๐Ÿ˜Š Witnessing the delight of a small Kenyan village as they get access to unlimited clean drinking water in seconds with the first well.
๐Ÿคจ Visiting a welcoming local school in Kenya suffering from using unsafe drinking water from a contaminated river causing diseases.
๐Ÿ’ช Installing massive wells reaching deep underground aquifers with pure drinkable water to supply entire neighboring regions.
๐Ÿ’ก Learning it just requires the will and effort from humanity collectively to solve issues like clean water access at scale.
โ˜น๏ธ Seeing a vulnerable village where children take risky treacherous hikes for miles daily through jungles and mountains to get unsafe water.
๐Ÿ˜ฅ Discovering a dangerous flooded river dividing a village and planning a bridge so they can cross easily to access schools and hospital.
๐ŸŒ Continuing to install wells helping provide water access and positively impact communities across African countries.

Key Insights

The Tragic Impact of Water Crisis - Students getting sick from contaminated water, a child passing away trying to cross rivers, villages wasting hours for unsafe water show the human toll of lack of clean water access.
Wells as Life Changers - Wells bringing water to farms, hospitals, schools show how solving water access can transform vulnerable communities to live healthier and focus on building their future.
The Collective Human Responsibility - Instead of needing immense government efforts, wells show that basic life necessities require humanity collectively applying will and resources to solve issues.
The Ripple Effects of Clean Water - From delighting a small village to rejuvenating entire regions for decades, wells provide generational health benefits enabling community growth beyond drinking water.
Wells as Long-Term Solutions - With high capacity aquifers to solar power designs, one well can keep providing water for 30 years, serving generations without needing electricity or refueling.
How Small Efforts Make Large Impacts - While 100 wells positively impacted 0.5 million lives, highlighting the initiative spreads awareness to donate and build more life-changing wells globally.
The Responsibility Beyond Professions - Instead of relying on governments, the initiative shows creators and celebrities leveraging platforms for societal good - providing vital utilities others lack access to.
This blog is a summary of a YouTube video "I Built 100 Wells In Africa - YouTube" by MrBeast