Help Fund a Water Project

Together, we can unlock potential in a developing community by providing clean, safe water.

Do you have access to clean water? There is a community in Kenya that doesn’t. When you are asked, “can one person
really make a difference,” what is your response? Kurt and Scott McCanles believe that the answer to this
question is yes. These guys are average people who worked normal jobs up until
this great adventure. You may not
know them personally, but they’re probably a lot like you.


Kurt has been blessed with good health and stamina to
bicycle around the world and raise money for those less fortunate than
himself. When he was 16, he
pedaled his bike across the United States from coast to coast. This trip opened up so many life
opportunities for him as he continues his quest to discover who he is. Nine years later, he has pedaled 20,000
miles through 24 different countries and can think of nothing better to do than
to continue his journey and raise money to fund a well for a community.


Scott will be joining his son on the next leg of Kurt’s
ride. Beginning May 2013, they’ll
brave nearly 8,000 miles from Cuenca, Ecuador to Ushuaia, Argentina, thus
completing the section between Mexico and the southernmost city in the world
(Ushuaia). At almost 8 months, it
will be the longest of any tours either has ever dreamed of completing. Scott is new to the sport of cycling
and will be 60 years old when they begin their trip; Kurt will have just turned
25. Together, they will battle the
infamous steep terrain of the Ecuadorian Andes, the choking altitude of the
Peruvian highlands, the hurricane-force winds of the Bolivian Antiplano, the
rough and broken road of the Chilean Carretera Austral, and the bitter cold
temperatures of southern Argentina’s Patagonia.


This is an opportunity of a lifetime for a father-and-son
duo that hasn’t lived together for over 17 years. They will rediscover one another as they venture into areas
seldom traveled by bicycle. They
plan to cycle about 45 miles per day, 5 days a week, reserving weekends for
everyday tasks such as updating progress for their followers on their blog
( They’re
also setting aside four separate weeks to volunteer in local communities, as
they see fit.


Scott and Kurt are sponsoring one well in a community in
rural Africa. This will ensure
that the village of hundreds of people will have access to clean water for the
rest of their time there. Their
goal of $10,000 is set because they strongly believe in the power of giving and
even a small donation will ensure clean water, a humanitarian necessity. 100% of your donations will fund this
project as they are funding their adventure entirely out of their own savings;
however, they are continually searching for sponsors to advertise for us. Thank you for following their journey
and if you feel the urge to give, you know where to do it!

Who's Helping?

Will You Join Us in Giving Clean, Safe Water?
01/12/14Spencer Moen$23.00
01/08/14Scott Mc Canles$500.00I want to meet our goal!!!!!!!
12/27/13Ursula Burback$122.00Merry Christmas with love,Mom
12/20/13Diane Plew$23.00
09/11/13Debra Seccombe$46.00impressive effort to thwart a major concern. congratulations on bringing this problem front and center.
09/10/13Scott Mccanles$40.00We wish you a safe trip and we are happy to be a part of you cause. Jack and Roberta Ames
08/23/13Nancy Marburger$46.00
07/24/13Tobias De Graaf$23.00Hi Kurt and Scott; Suzanne and I we're very sad to hear about your split up and the health problems. What you're doing and even continuing now is awesome so here's some support from fel
07/16/13Ursula Burback$31.00You are in our always. Love you! Mom and Dennis
07/16/13Collin Fitzpatrick$23.00
07/16/13Chuck Matter$50.00Prayers to Scott for a safe return home... Prayers to Kurt on his continuation of this journey...
07/08/13Jordan Zlotoff$23.00
07/07/13Sharon Flitman Piran$100.00My whole family is so very proud of you, dear cousins. Please feel better and know we care about you and wish you the best. Sending hugs your way.
07/04/13Barbara Kalis$46.00Great work for water! Bruno and I work hard here in San Miguel to provide food to school children in rural areas, and to feed a decent meal to poor seniors. We are proud of what you are doing!
07/04/13Jessica Badalamenti$30.00Keep going kurt! you're doing great and I'll keep you and your dad in my prayers!
05/14/13Joni Williams$100.00I wish you nothing but joy as you share this time with your son. How precious life is and how wonderful is our God!
05/08/13Heather Hayes$50.00Stay Safe and Enjoy each other ! Hope to see you back on the line !
05/08/13Lark West$12.00I love ya'll!
05/06/13Anthony & Kathleen Ramirez$25.00Briefly met you both at ORD - fellow cyclist w/ Specialized Hat - Wishing you both safe travels for a great cause!
04/29/13Susy Lusardo$50.00Have a great trip!! Will be following your progress!!!
04/27/13Julie Lesley$25.00Safe travels!
04/26/13Sandra Higgins$50.00Safe journey to an inspirational duo. Hope to fly with you when you get back, Scott.
04/25/13Dennis And Mary Breuner$50.00
04/25/13Billy Burback$50.00
04/24/13Aria Sukachevin$50.00
04/24/13Pat & Delfey$100.00
04/20/13Dennis&Ursula Burback$500.00 The lives you will touch, change and improve will never be forgotten. We are so PROUD of your heart and passion to help those in need.
04/20/13Amy Neal$25.00
04/20/13Sarah Chenliu$100.00All human existence at the least deserves clean drinkable water, I am so proud of all the drive and effort you are putting into making this a reality.
04/19/13Rich Folk$100.00
04/18/13Michelle Schaefer$50.00Looking forward to updates!! My family and I will be praying for along the way!!
04/18/13Jena Olsen$50.00Have a safe journey and an amazing adventure!
04/18/13Marilyn Cox$100.00May God bless you both for showing love to others by participating in this wonderful project. May He continued to bless your relationship with each other as well.
04/17/13Stacey Van Laanen$30.00You have shown me that there is hope for a better world. Have a great ride and enjoy the adventure you'll share.
04/17/13Delfey Cousineau$50.00Wishing you a fun and safe trip Kurt!!
04/17/13Shelly Chapek$20.00What a great cause! May the wind be at your back! Good luck and God Bless!
04/16/13Grace Thomson$50.00So Amazing What You Both Are Doing....Good Luck & Stay Safe..
04/15/13Rhonda Sawtelle$20.00Excited to follow your progress and trip!
04/14/13Cheryl Wilson$100.00Good Luck! Have a great adventure!
04/14/13Janet Anderson$10.00Safe travels for your great cause!!!
04/13/13Beryl HUANG$50.00Safe trip on the road
04/13/13Jean Flanagan$25.00Best of luck!
04/13/13Kathleen Sarrett$50.00
04/13/13Abby Alconcher$75.00Wishing you safety, love and light during your wonderful journey with your son..
04/12/13Fran Bertini$50.00Wishing you lots of luck, strength and good weather. Stay safe!
04/12/13Laura Richardson$20.00GO SCOTT GO!!! xoL.
04/12/13Gerry Wallace$25.00Scott, keep your sense of humor!! Kurt, try really hard to enjoy dad's sense of humor.
04/11/13Lauri Zamin$25.00Good luck Scott!
04/11/13Lisa Pedro$50.00good luck..god bless your trip
04/10/13Jeana Rock$25.00
04/10/13Helene Albert$100.00Keep up the good work, Scott!
04/10/13Marsh Libby$25.00Good job Cuzzins
04/09/13Jessica Badalamenti$25.00
04/09/13Diondra Beck$50.00You're amazing Kurt!
04/09/13Sean Papst$100.00Good luck and have fun....
04/08/13DeAnna Andre$40.00Be well Scott.
04/04/13Colleen Harris$25.00"pedal,Forrest, pedal" is right. Putting words into action. Prayers to you both. Stay safe and well.
03/22/13Deanna Mizikar$25.00Live Simply. Dream Big. Be Grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots. Have the time of your Life!
03/18/13Kelsey Stewart$20.00I'm exicted for what you guys are doing!
03/12/13Melissa Murray$50.00Best wishes on your journey!
03/12/13Steph & Sean O'Mera$25.00Thank you for the inspiration!
03/09/13David Wiggins$25.00
03/06/13Lindsey Lyons-Fay$25.00good luck, take care of the old man.
03/04/13Noreen Hannon$100.00Good luck on your adventure, you have worked so hard to prepare I wish you the best.
02/20/13Gina McCartney$50.00
02/15/13Kurt$25.00Christmas gift card
02/14/13Brittany Juarez$50.00Just a fantastic project. I will be following your journey!
02/13/13Zachary Burback$20.00
02/13/13Kurt$25.00Christmas gift
02/13/13Kurt$25.00Christmas gift
02/06/13Ursula Burback$20.00This is from Micky and K'Lynn :)
02/01/13Ursula Burback$100.00My heart will be with you on your journey. Much love, Mom
01/28/13Ursula Burback$25.00Christmas gift card
01/23/13Annie Garcia$25.00
01/19/13Shannon Strong$25.00Hey Scott, Good Luck and I look forward to checking in on your status
01/19/13Jerry Lee$25.00Blessings and best wishes!
01/15/13Barbara And Frank Heller$100.00Scott and Kurt, Be safe and enjoy your adventure. We love you both! Mom, Nanee, Dad, Grandpa
01/11/13Lisa Catlin-Stone$100.00I wanted to donate to your Dad and you Kurt, as I believe this is a wonderful thing you both are doing. Be safe!
01/05/13Alexandria Loizzo$100.00Thank you for your sacrifice in this effort. This is truly a worthwhile cause to support.
12/29/12Anonymous Donor$50.00You and you're dad are such great inspiration to all of us :) Keep up the great work!
12/27/12Mark Zeune$50.00Scott, will get the full report when you back to flying.
12/26/12Sharon Joly$100.00
12/24/12Amonomous Donor$100.00
12/24/12Teri And John Hembree$100.00We couldn't think of what to get you both for Christmas, so we thought this would be the perfect gift! So proud of you both!! Merry Christmas!
12/23/12Denise McCanles$25.00You guys are so great! Love you!
12/20/12Jordan Zlotoff$10.00Good work guys.
12/13/12James Dobbs$250.00Ride on Gentlemen! Safe Travels.
11/06/12Diane Plew$30.00You guys rock!
11/03/12Jane Pearson Gorrell$25.00Life is like riding a bicycle. You donât fall off unless you plan to stop pedaling. - Claude Pepper
10/20/12Annonymous Annonymous Donar$10.00you guys are an inspiration!
10/17/12Valorie K. Stansberry$50.00
10/15/12Jaimie McNeice$20.00As a fellow cyclist, I wish you a safe, successful ride. I know it will be rewarding.
10/09/12Donna Geddes$40.00
10/05/12Linda Feeney$25.00Kurt, have heard so much about you from your pops. Congratulations on your desire to make life better for others. Many blessings for provisions during your travels!
09/21/12Jessica Badalamenti$25.00So excited for you Kurt!
09/10/12Suzanne Sasek$50.00
08/19/12Vickie Holt$50.00
08/09/12Heidi Francis$50.00I am so proud to be your family
07/09/12Debbie Robinson$25.00
06/25/12Rebecca Mullen$100.00I'm so excited for you. I be praying, keep me posted. xoxo
06/25/12Kathryn McFarling$50.00Absolutely Amazing!
06/23/12Ivan Evasick$50.00Wish i could give more to you guys. Have fun out there!
06/22/12Fiona McColley$100.00Sounds like a great adventure! I hope that you both have an amazing time.
06/22/12Heller Chiropractic Spa$100.00So happy to be a part of this! Have the ride of your life!
06/19/12Tamara Koester$50.00What an inspiration you are, Kurt! Take care of your dad:)
06/17/12Anonymous Donor$50.00Awe inspiring, Guys!
06/17/12scott fitzstephens$200.00You amaze me! Now get on your bike and ride...
06/17/12Kate Pantorilla$50.00"Peddle Forrest Peddle"
06/17/12Erik Wolfe$25.00
06/17/12Lorraine Cronin$25.00

Why It Matters

Access to clean, safe water unlocks potential

Did you know nearly 1 billion people don't have safe water to drink?

Together, we can change that. Let's fund a new source of drinking water for those who suffer needlessly without it!

Our gifts will be used to construct or rehabilitate a water project, like a well or sand dam, in Africa. We'll see pictures, GPS coordinates, and updates as they come in from the actual water project we fund so we can celebrate the results along with the community we help.

About The Water Project

The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing clean, safe water to communities around the world who suffer needlessly without.

Working with local partners in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, we build long lasting water projects that are organized, owned and managed by the communities receiving them.

Together, with our partners we identify, implement, report on and follow up on every project. Then we share the whole story with you to inspire confidence in the work being done and the impact it has.