"If you don't like the way the world is, it is your obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time."
-Sobonfu Some

Wisdom Spring, the nonprofit that partners with Laguna Beach High School Walking for Water, was founded by African native, Sobonfu Some alongside Susan Hough. After discovering Sobonfu through her writing, Susan Hough was inspired to reached out to this incredible woman. Sobonfu, born and raised in Burkina Faso, West Africa, faced the daily struggles of living in constant fear of water deprivation. Her countless stories struck Susan and sparked her passion for this project, ultimately causing the beginning Wisdom Spring Inc. Susan now works with teen groups to raise funds for Wisdom Spring, Inc.

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Our Mission

The Laguna Beach High School Walking for Water club works alongside non-profit Wisdom Spring to spread awareness about the threatening water crisis in West Africa. Women and children are forced to walk over 20 miles every day in desperate conditions in order to have access to insufficient amounts of unsanitary water. Our club strives to end this crisis and spread awareness about these rapidly deteriorating conditions in indigenous Africa. The Walking for Water Club raises money to build wells in these rural villages. Over the past years, we have put in over 29 wells in West Africa and India (with Nepal in the near future). Our mission is to increase this number yearly and provide sanitary drinking water to ameliorate the lives of these individuals. Based in Laguna Beach, California, our club hosts events, sells merchandise, and raises awareness around the African water shortage. Working alongside local businesses, we collaborate to bring recognition of the water shortage within our community.

Last year (2017-2018), we were able to raise $30,000. We have put in one well in India (Ngagyur Dupgued Chophelling Monastery) and we will be putting in 2 wells in Africa; providing clean water to the lives of over three thousand people.
— Emma Russell, President of Walking for Water


What We've Achieved

  • Wisdom Spring has put in 26 wells. Each well provides clean water for 1,000 people.

  • Wisdom Spring’s fundraisers have raised over $350,000 to assist the people of Burkina Faso and beyond, by building wells that provide clean sustainable sources of water and supporting students to get to school. Today, with the support of generous people like you, we have put in 26 wells and educated over 1,600 kids.


  • 85% of all diseases in African children under 5 are caused by water-borne illnesses.

  • 30,000 children die each day from contaminated water.

  • The United Nations reports that 20% of the world's population struggles to gain access to safe drinking water every day.

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