During the summer of 2005, Brittany Young and her mother Joanne Young traveled to South Africa. While staying in Limpopo, enjoying game drives and Africa's vibrant culture, the two decided to visit a local rural school. Aware that the school was most likely very poor with little supplies, Brittany brought a few packs of stickers and crayons to pass out to the children.
The number of students at Beretta Primary was a complete surprise. When they expected about forty children to greet them, over 1,200 fit into the small and dirty classrooms, eager to learn. Upon arriving at Beretta, located in the center of the poorest province in South Africa, Limpopo, Brittany and Joanne were shocked to learn the school did not have running water.
The lack of nearby running water made life at Beretta extremely difficult. The gardens, their only source of food for the children, only grew during the rainy seasons. Volunteer mothers endured miles of walking to retrieve a pale of water from a government pump to prepare lunch for the children. The school wasn't clean and the students were not able to wash their hands and keep from spreading illnesses.
It was apparent the lack of water had deleterious effects on the students and faculty and obstructed the development of healthy, educated, and thriving children. Brittany was so moved and saddened by Beretta's conditions, that she decided she would do all she could to make a difference in the students' lives. When she began her freshman year of high school the fall of 2005, she began fundraisers and eventually raised over $10,000.
The construction of the well began in 2006 with the help of South African friends Brendon and Sheri Schmikl, without whom the construction of the well would not have been possible. Although the addition of the well at Beretta was a major accomplishment, Brittany understood that there were many other schools near Beretta with far greater needs. With the help of donations, school friends Jonathan Ossip, Christian Hall, and Marianna Del Raso returned to Africa with Brittany to film a documentary on Beretta.
This trip, entitled "The Beretta Project," sparked the creation of A Spring of Hope Charity. The documentary, "Water," promotes A Spring of Hope's mission to provide necessities for African students. The documentary is screened at middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the United States, raising awareness about Africa's schools, and ultimately helping A Spring of Hope grow.