Craig Ryan has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. He is a Shareholder at Onebane Law Firm, practicing in the firm’s Business and Commercial Section, with a focus on business, banking and commercial transactions, contracts, collections and bankruptcy, and real estate matters.
Craig grew up in a large family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He worked in the family automobile business where he learned the value of hard work and developed a love for working with his hands. He married Kim, his high school sweetheart, in 1980. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Serving others is a priority and a passion for Craig. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and Haiti on water well drilling trips to help bring clean drinking water to communities in need. He is also a leader in his local church, Youngsville Community Church.
In 2006, Craig went on his first trip to Latin America to help build water wells for those less fortunate communities. Through Living Water International, Craig has gone on six of these trips. Living Water International is a faith-based non-profit organization that facilitates trips to impoverished countries, supplying equipment and labor to build water wells for these communities to have clean water. Craig recently returned from one of these missions, which was in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, which is along the Northeastern border with the Dominican Republic. Through Living Water International, a group can volunteer to build these water wells. Typically, there are two teams consisting of the water well drillers and the health and hygiene team. The teams consist of volunteers from the United States as well as locals who are experienced in drilling these wells and who provide the training for the labor volunteers.
It usually takes three days to drill a water well. The volunteers stay at a compound owned by Living Water International and work on the well most of the day. On the fourth day, there is a dedication ceremony for the well. The community receiving the well can now have clean and safe water which is used for drinking, cooking and bathing. The wells are routinely maintained every couple of years. The average cost for a trip to help build these wells is $1,600.00, but the experience is priceless. Anyone interested in volunteering with Living Water International can be featured on its website where online donations can be made toward your trip. Also, if you are not part of a large group, but would like to volunteer on a trip, Living Water International will include you with another group for you to participate in serving.
Craig is very passionate about helping these communities by being able to provide clean water through his service. He is always ready for the next trip to serve and would love it if the Lafayette Bar Association would get a group together and plan a trip.