On the Sixth Day of Christmas

Today’s organization really hits home with me.

Why?

Because Africa is my home away from home. Because we are adopting a child from Africa. And because clean water is really a basic human right.

Blood:Water Mission currently works in Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Central African Republic.

The Mission:

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, they 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 their 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, they aren’t moving on; instead, they are moving deeper. There are still millions without safe water, and Blood Water’s commitment to them continues. Additionally, moving forward they are incorporating HIV/AIDS programs, building on the foundation of ongoing water programming.


This is the part where you start wondering what this has to do with Christmas giving. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Become a Community Builder. As a family you could give up a few presents and commit to a year of clean water.

2. Cement your love. Take $25 and buy a bag of cement. Find out more here.

3. Give a one time gift as a “gift” for someone on your Christmas list.

4. Purchase an item from the online store. All purchases support the work BWM is doing in African communities.

So are you ready for giveaway time? Blood: Water Mission has given a pretty fun little package for our giveaway today! 1 t-shirt, 1 water bottle and a wrist band!

An entry for every action! Don’t forget to tell me what you did!

1. Leave a Comment, let us know what you think about what BWM is doing in Africa.

2. Share this on your Facebook profile (suggestion below)
12 days of Christmas! Day 6 giveaway from Blood: Water Mission http://wp.me/pNXTN-nz

3. Like Blood:Water Mission on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @bloodwater (if you haven’t already)

4.  Tweet this! (copy and paste below)
12 days of Christmas! Day 6 giveaway from @bloodwater — http://wp.me/pNXTN-nz #aroadhome

 Can’t wait to announce the winner tomorrow morning!

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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