YouTube star builds 100 wells in Africa

Mr Beast: YouTube

MrBeast, the world's most subscribed YouTuber, has built 100 wells across Africa as part of his philanthropic initiative to provide clean water to rural communities.

In his most recent video, US YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, also known as 'Mr. Beast', oversaw the drilling of 52 boreholes in Kenya to provide clean drinking water to communities and schools, as part of his mission to build 100 wells across Africa. In addition to the wells, Donaldson also built dams and provided computers to students in Kenya.

The project took over eight months to complete and emphasised the urgency of addressing water scarcity in the region. The video documenting his efforts gained over 100 million views since its upload on Saturday, 4 November.

According to Donaldson, the 100 wells will help 300-500K+ people across Cameroon, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe over their lifetime.

"Together we have the resources to help make a major dent in this issue and make sure families, kids and communities have fresh water to drink, clean their homes and clothes, cook their food, and sustain their farms and livestock."

Jimmy Donaldson

Donaldson's charity work, which includes adopting an orphanage, providing cataract surgeries, and building houses, has raised awareness about unmet human needs, although it has also faced criticism for potentially profiting from the associated videos.

In Zimbabwe, the government says it has also been working to provide boreholes across the country, with the aim of ensuring every village has access to clean water within the next five years.