Name: Ben Weber
Hometown: Firth, Neb.
Occupation: Home-School Student
Program: Gift Catalog
Buzz: When 9-year-old Ben Weber learned of the desperate need for clean water in Africa via World Vision’s Gift Catalog, he decided to fund a deep well to do something about it. The price tag, more than $13,000, did not put him off. He got together a group of friends ages 5 to 11 to form the campaign “Agua for Africa.” Ben speaks in churches about the well project and has proved an effective fundraiser. He sometimes hands out wide-necked water bottles to his listeners and asks them to fill them up with loose change. So far, Agua for Africa has raised about $9,000.
You know what? I don’t want people to have to drink that dirty water. —Ben Weber