Posted by: Alicia | September 15, 2008

blood:water mission

Founded by the Christian music group, Jars of Clay, blood:water mission has set the goal of building 1000 drinking water wells in Africa.  Here’s a link to their site.

Their mission statement is… “Our Mission is to tangibly reduce the impact of the African HIV/AIDS pandemic, to promote clean blood and clean water in Africa, and to build equitable, sustainable and personal community links.”

If you’ve read Blue Like Jazz, you know of Donald Miller.  Here’s a quote from him.

“The crisis in Africa is difficult to translate to those of us living in the states. Our hearts do not know where to begin. Of the greatest accomplishments of Bloodwater Mission has been their ability to sort through the chaos to match provision with need. Clean water prevents many diseases that can prove fatal to a person suffering from AIDS. Clean water, then, guards clean blood. The simple gift of a dollar provides invaluable clean water for one African for One year. Our calling, then, is to give from our undeserved provision into their undeserved need. In doing so, we participate in the search and rescue mission God is orchestrating in this fallen world.”        -Donald Miller (Author)

Seriously, check these guys out.  They do good work!

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Posted by: Alicia | September 11, 2008

Water Awareness in Central Pennsylvania Schools

Students enrolled in MAGPI schools in Central Pennsylvania will be given the opportunity to learn about the World Water Crisis and to participate in creating a water action plan. Targeting toward students in grades 9 -12, the program includes a videoconference kickoff on October 24, 2008 and presentations for What We Did on March 20, 2009, just in time for World Water Day 2009. You can see their program plans here and read a description here.

What an awesome learning opportunity they are providing for their students! Well done, Central Pennsylvania! If you’re interested in doing something similar where you live, contact us at Water Brings Life and we will help you get your project under way.

Posted by: Alicia | September 6, 2008

Schools and World Water Day 2009

I love this office supply store commercial.  It’s the one with the parents breezing through the store with sullen children in tow, with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year playing in the background.  You can watch it below.

 

I was thinking, now that school is back in full swing, what if everyone who reads this blog contacted their local schools and suggested that those schools participate in World Water Day or at least in awareness of the world water crisis?  That would be pretty cool, I think.

There are lesson plans available; here is a link to one such site.  If you are so inclined, leave a comment and let me know which schools you contact and what their responses are.  If you’d like, I can follow up with them.

Posted by: Alicia | August 30, 2008

Sower of Seeds International

This group is a little more of a traditional Christian charity.  Kathy Troccoli (Christian singer) works with them and a friend of mine supports one of their missionaries.

Their water project is focued on India.  They partner with local churches to drill wells and provide water free of charge to the communities.  You can read about them here

$96 provides clean water for 20 people.  Do you know 10 people you could ask to give $10?  That would do it and then some.

Posted by: Alicia | August 26, 2008

Planning has begun for World Water Day 2009

I contacted Moore Square park in downtown Raleigh regarding having the World Water Day 2009 festival there.  They were very helpful, but WOW, there is a lot of red tape to get through.  We’re aiming for March 21 as a festival date. World Water Day is actually set for March 22 each year, but the Saturday option will work better for us. 

The theme for World Water Day 2009 is Water Connects.  In other words, everyone on the planet is connected by our mutual need for water.  Also, since water flows from place to place, our responsibility to protect and share it connects even those who dislike each other.

So, there it is and here we go!

Posted by: Alicia | August 24, 2008

The Water Project

The Water Project

The Water Project

The Water Project is an organization whose goal is to bring clean water to Africa. 100% of the money donated through their site goes to the organizations in the field. Here is a blurb from their site…

We work to ensure that 100% of money donated through this web site goes directly towards the construction of water projects. Funds raised are forwarded directly to an implementing organization who administrates the projects in Africa and reports back regularly on progress. Our relationships with these partners help us carefully monitor the projects and how funds are being used.

Our administrative expenses are covered by other donors. Our staff is never compensated from donations made to projects on this or our related websites.

One thing I like about these guys is that they get wells dug, but they also employ other methods of water reclamation/water cleaning. You can read about that here.

They are a Christian 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are tax deductable. Check out their site here.

Posted by: Alicia | August 19, 2008

Two stories worth reading

This one is about the world food & water crisis.

This one is about water and sin. It’s from a Christian perspective. Watch the video…it’s very powerful.

Posted by: Alicia | August 16, 2008

Lifewater International

Lifewater International is the organization under our spotlight this week.

LI is a Christian organization, not affiliated with a specific church or denomination.  Their volunteers encompass the entire range of Christian backgrounds.

Here’s what I love about these guys.  Read More…

Posted by: Alicia | August 9, 2008

Water is Basic

Each week for the next several weeks, I’ll be highlighting a different water aid organization.  This week is: Water is Basic.

You can visit them at www.waterisbasic.org.

Their mission is to provide resources to the people of Sudan in order to help them gain access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.    Their goal is to get a well to every village in Sudan.

Read More…

Posted by: Alicia | June 20, 2008

charity:water and birthdays

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the world water crisis? What if you asked your friends and family to skip giving you birthday presents this year, and, instead, to give you your age in dollars to donate to a well building project? I’ll be 40 this December. (As an aside…I’m going to be 40 this December!!! I can’t wait!!!!!!) What if each of my friends gave $40 to charity:water to help with their well building projects? What if each of my family members did the same? What if those who can’t afford $40 gave $10 rather than $0? What if those who could afford it gave $100? Check out the video labeled “Last Year” from their site and let me know if you want to get on board.

http://www.charitywater.org/

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