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    Supporting Africa | Serve Nashville

    Week Five of our Serve Nashville blog series is focusing on ways in which we can serve Africa and help provide clean water to those communities that desperately need it worldwide. The two nonprofits that we are spotlighting today are both organizations doing incredible work in supporting Africa and providing clean water: Blood:Water Mission and Charity:Water.

    Blood:Water Mission

    Blood:Water Mission began years ago as a call to personalize the HIV/AIDS crisis happening in Africa. The organization first stepped in to provide funding for late-stage-AIDS hospice care and quickly learned about the vital link between living with HIV/AIDS and the need for clean water. The result of this discovery was a project that launched soon after, the 1000 Wells Project. Launched in 2005, 1000 Wells was a nation-wide effort to raise enough money to provide clean water and sanitation to 1,000 communities in sub-saharan Africa, based on the equation that $1 equals clean water for a year for one African. This project was successfully completed in 2010. To date, Blood:Water Mission has helped fund and provide life saving clean water and health care to over 800,000 people in 11 countries. So, how can you get involved with the mission of Blood:Water Mission? There are many ways to get involved with this organization and support them during this holiday season. The first, of course, is through donations. Donations can be made one-time or as monthly reoccurring donations – each are just as impactful, meaningful and needed. Other, more creative ways to help out are called Campaigns, and there are several fun ways to support the Blood:Water Mission organization with friends and family with a campaign, like a Lemon:Aid stand! Run a lemonade stand in your neighborhood for a day or two, and donate all of the funds to Blood:Water Mission. Or, put together a Water Walk. Bring together a group of individuals and together, walk to the nearest source of natural water (pond, river, lake) and back. This is a simple yet impactful way to truly “walk a mile in someone’s shoes.” Another creative way to support B:WM is through what they call ‘2 Weeks of Sacrifice,’ in which you (and your family and/or friends) only drink water for two weeks, donating the cost of all other choice beverages that you may have otherwise had during the two week timeframe. Blood:Water Mission also leaves the creativity up to you! If you are able to devise and organize a similar type of unique, fundraising campaign, you are free to run it yourself! For more information about Blood:Water Mission’s campaigns, visit here. Of course, they also have a holiday event going on as well. Deck the Stalls is a holiday campaign with a goal to provide latrines for 2,600 people in northern Rwanda. A gift of $50 will provide one person with access to sanitation in their community. Consider supporting one person or a family of your size this holiday season. To learn more about the mission and work of Blood:Water Mission, visit their website here.


    Charity:Water is a nonprofit organization working to bring safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations. The nonprofit works tirelessly to provide fresh water wells, rain water catchments and sand filters to people in communities that desperately need them – all for about $20 a person. Perhaps one of the most unique features of Charity: Water is their 100% promise – that is, a promise that 100 percent of all public donations received would go directly towards the funding of their  clean water projects. How can you get involved with Charity:Water during this time of year, or any other? An easy way of course, is through donations. However, Charity:Water makes donating creative and fun by offering Birthday Pledges. Pledge your birthday and encourage your friends and family to donate to your campaign in lieu of sending you a gift. If you pledge your birthday, you’ll be provided with a photo and GPS coordinates for the project you helped to fund or built. Just $20 is enough to fund one person with access to clean drinking water and the average project cost in total is about $5,000. Fundraiseres of all sizes and shapes are encouraged, and Charity:Water has seen very creative fundraisers over the years, including couples who have asked for donations instead of wedding gifts, ran marathons to raise money, skydived and more. All you have to do is register your fundraiser in order to track your progress, money raised, and receive the information about the specific village you are helping to support. Charity:Water has put together a special holiday fundraiser, 100 Wells for the Holidays. This fundraiser has a goal to build 100 wells in Ethiopia during this holiday season. $10,000 builds one well. So far, 24 wells have been funded for and $244,402 has been raised. Consider starting your own campaign for a well in your community. For more information about 100 Wells for the Holidays, click here. For more information about Charity:Water, visit their website here.

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