Responding to a Beloved Friend’s Dream

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 by Erin Todd
Excerpt from “One Thousand Wells”: “As Milton, Joel, and I stood upon the expanse of the barren land, we could see it. We could see the clinic that would bring hope to a community wrought with loss. A place that would save lives and equip men, women, and children with knowledge, health care, and medicine. […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 2

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Book Two: The Revelation raises the stakes for the characters by turning each of their desires on their heads. Leah wants her father’s approval; he continually punishes her. Rachel wants to go home and be a 20th century teenager; she’s left to swelter in the heat of the Congo. Ruth May wants to have […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 1

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Book One: Genesis opens with a reflection from Orleanna Price on the time she and her family spent in the Congo, as well as the consequences of what happened there. When talking about the way the reader will view her and her daughters, she warns, “Be careful. Later on you’ll have to decide what […]

Meet Our Summer Interns!

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
This year, Blood:Water has two interns dedicating their summer to helping us end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. We’re excited to introduce you to Emily and Hannah. Because who runs the world? GIRLS! Meet our marketing intern, Emily Diehl, a local resident of Nashville with a love of reading and writing! What is […]

Blood:Water Book Club: Enjoy Some Summer Reading With Us

Posted on Jun 07, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summertime is here, and we think it’s the perfect time to dive into the Blood:Water Book Club’s first novel. Throughout June and July, we’ll be reading “The Poisonwood Bible,” by Barbara Kingsolver. “The Poisonwood Bible” is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his […]

Make a Stand for Clean Water in Africa!

Posted on Jun 03, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
School’s out for the summer, and we have just the thing to cure summer boredom! It involves making a stand, literally, for clean water in Africa! A Lemon:Aid stand is the perfect way for your kids to make a difference and have fun while they’re at it! By selling lemonade and donating the money they […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “A Thousand Hills to Heaven,” Section 3

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In the final portion of “A Thousand Hills to Heaven,” Josh Ruxin reflects on the lessons he and his wife, Alissa, learned through opening and operating Heaven, and applies those lessons to his broader development work with Health Builders. Throughout these lessons, Ruxin emphasizes the importance of understanding the culture in which development work […]

Join Us for a FREE Memorial Day Block Party!

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Hey, Nashville! Are you looking for a fun event to attend while making a difference on Memorial Day? This Monday, May 30, Lightning 100 is hosting a Memorial Day block party and album release concert benefitting Blood:Water! The concert will showcase The Hard Working Americans highlighting their album release, followed by many others, including Leftover Salmon, […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “A Thousand Hills to Heaven,” Section 2

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
In chapters 14-29 of “A Thousand Hills to Heaven,” Josh Ruxin continues his narrative of his journey alongside his wife, Alissa, to spearhead the Health Builders operation in rural communities in Rwanda. Weaved throughout this section are many personal stories of people from the Mayange community, members of Ruxin’s team, or associates who had a […]

Calling All Interns!

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Calling all students and young professionals! We are now accepting applications for both the fall 2016-spring 2017 fellowship and summer 2017 internship terms. Blood:Water has developed a brand new internship program alongside Vision & Call to mentor and equip young leaders in their vocation while addressing the great need for assistance in the daily operations of […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “A Thousand Hills to Heaven,” Section 1

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Jake Smith
Today, Jake Smith, our director of engagement, reviews the first section of May book club selection, “A Thousand Hills to Heaven.” Summary It was late when I landed in Kigali, Rwanda, a few weeks ago. Weary from travel, but hungry, my Blood:Water colleague, Barak Bruerd, who was already in Kigali, was eager to introduce me […]

The Faces That Will Stay with Wally (and Us) Forever

Posted on May 13, 2016 by Erin Todd
When Wally and his team traveled to Rwanda prior to the School Bells & Water Wells event, Wally shared that he was worried about the words he would use to properly convey the need. But he also said he’s grateful for photos because while there is incredible hardship, there is also joy amongst the struggle. And […]

Blood:Water Book Club is Back!

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
It’s back! Blood:Water Book Club has returned from its brief hiatus, and we can’t wait to read this month’s book selection with you! For each book club selection, we choose a book that has somehow shaped what we know as an organization, relates to our work, or provides inspiration. As we read through the book, […]

One Less Thing for a Mom to Worry About This Mother’s Day

Posted on May 06, 2016 by Erin Todd
Our School Bells & Water Wells event on The Wally Show on WAY-FM is wrapping up today! We’ve spent the week working to provide clean water and sanitation to 20 schools around Africa. The generosity of Wally’s listeners has been overwhelming and humbling. With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday we are especially grateful that […]

Walk This Way with Wally

Posted on May 03, 2016 by Erin Todd
Today on The Wally Show on WAY-FM, Wally is kicking off a new project called School Bells & Water Wells! (Find your local station or listen online at Between now and Friday, we are going to make sure that 20 schools in Africa gain access to safe, clean drinking water! This will help ensure kids can stay […]

Want to get to know K-Flow? Meet our engagement coordinator, Kristin.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Kristin, also known by her rapper name, K-Flow Rida, is truly one of a kind. Blood:Water’s favorite extroverted fashionista originated from Winston Salem, N.C., but fell in love with Nashville, Tenn., post-graduation from the University of Virginia. Go Cavaliers! It was there that she double majored in sociology and African American studies. She realized the pull […]

And They’re Off! The Wally Team is Headed to Rwanda.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 by Erin Todd
It’s that time of year again. Wally and his team are on their way to Africa! This time, they’re going to visit our partners in Rwanda to check out a new project he’ll be kicking off when they return! Be sure to tune in to The Wally Show on your local WAY-FM station Tuesday, May […]

Fartlek for Africa

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Blood:Water is inspired daily by its awesome fundraisers who creatively use their ideas and originality to change lives in Africa. Brad Zinnecker is no exception. As a long-time, long-distance runner from Iowa, Brad knows that running for a cause and supporting something bigger than himself helps him remain focused. That’s why in 2015, when he […]

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