I’m excited for this new series we are running on the blog and even moreso that I get to share with you the Ministries that God is moving through. This monday I am happy to share with you Blood:Water Mission. This ministry resonates with me because I have seen first hand the cause of this ministry. I have been on the ground in South Africa on a short term missions trip that brought clean water to villages spread across the landscape. People came from miles and world spread quickly as villages had runners who communicated with other villages that people were bringing clean water into the area. It was amazing to me to see these women who were carrying children, sometimes more than one, alone with their jug or pail for water. Helping some of the locals carry their water back to their hut was a humbling experience and though communication was lacking, gratitude was not. I hope that as you read about Blood:Water Mission and their ministry that you would pray about partnering with them to change lives and bless the people of Africa.
The History of Blood:Water Mission
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STORY. We’re a group of passionate people who have been inspired by our friends in Africa, friends who face unbearable challenges from the HIV/AIDS and water crises. We creatively and thoughtfully raise awareness and the necessary funds for the provision of clean blood and clean water in sub-Saharan Africa.
Founded by the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning band, Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission began as a call to personalize the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The members of the band were committed to share the often-untold stories: those of creative, compassionate, hard-working Africans bringing health, hope and healing into their respective communities.
Blood:Water Mission first stepped into funding a late stage AIDS hospice and discovered the vital link between living with HIV/AIDS and the need for clean water. As a result, Blood:Water Mission launched the 1000 Wells Project in 2005 as a nation-wide effort to raise enough money to provide clean water and sanitation to 1000 communities in sub-Saharan Africa based on the equation that $1 provides one African with clean water for an entire year.
Since its launch, Blood:Water Mission has raised millions of dollars through the creative efforts of tens of thousands of individuals seeking to make a difference, providing for the completion of the 1000 Wells Project at the end of 2010. To date, we have partnered with more than 1,000 communities in Africa, providing life-saving water and health care for over 600,000 people in 13 different countries. Along the way the 1000 Wells Project has expanded holistically to include a variety of clean water solutions, sanitation and hygiene training, the capacity building of our local grassroots partners to improve their ability to develop sustainable programs, as well as funding health clinics, community health workers, and support groups, which help in the prevention, treatment, care and support of communities affected by AIDS. Although the 1000 Wells Project is completed, we aren’t moving on; instead, we are moving deeper. There are still millions without safe water, and our commitment to them continues. Additionally, moving forward we are incorporating HIV/AIDS programs, building on the foundation of ongoing water programming.
The results of our efforts paint a new picture in these communities. Village leaders have the resources and training to bring clean water, sanitation and health care into their communities. Stomach aches, skin diseases and diarrhea have disappeared. Women and children no longer walk several miles a day to carry filthy water. Those with HIV are living longer, stronger lives.
We know these communities. We are connected to them. And through these relationships, we are being transformed, too. Blood:Water Mission’s movement engages Americans in social justice, worldview development and thoughtful action. We invite others to be a small part of a larger, beautiful story.
Values | Mission
Our Mission: Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
Our Core Purpose: To build community through creative social action.
Our Core Values:
- Community: Ending the AIDS and water crises means seeing communities come together. It’s about team work. And healthy relationships. It’s not just about what you can do, it’s about what we can do. Focus on the growth of a community, and its success will be for everyone.
- Responsibility: There is a message of repentance that we accept because the world isn’t how it should be. The way we live affects the way others live. Once we are aware, there is a responsibility to live that out. First we own the problem. And then we own the solution.
- Integrity: We do what is right, even when it requires more work. We don’t cut corners. Ever. Our work is excellent, our relationships are honest and our finances are clean because we believe in the mission and its life-changing impact on communities. We will always prioritize doing it right. And we do what we say we will do. And when we fail, we will be honest about it, find a way to correct it, and learn from our mistakes.
- Dignity: Working for basic healthcare can intrinsically foster dignity in a community. We want our actions and attitudes to do the same. When we tell someone’s story as they would want it to be heard, we honor their story. We are about inspiring people by sharing a humanized account of others, and therefore, being human to one another.
- Teachability: We do excellent work, but we are not perfect. Our values demand that we be transparent with others about the challenges and lessons that we are learning. We value listening and being willing to be wrong. Being teachable shows that we are less interested in our own pride and more concerned about the best interest of the mission. Our transparency doesn’t compromise the confidence of a donor, it builds it.
Please visit www.bloodwatermission.com to find out more about them and how you can serve alongside them.