The Difference You’ve Made for Dominah

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
It’s hard to imagine life without water. It’s intertwined with our existence every single day. Dominah and her children’s lives were changed forever when they received access to clean water for the first time, but no one deserves the long wait and endless worry she and so many others experienced before having access.   After […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 7

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In Book Five: Exodus and Book Six: Song of the Three Children, we can see how differently the Price sisters have all chosen to see their pasts and move forward, and how their philosophies have been shaped over time. Adah studies viruses and has made important discoveries related to Ebola and AIDS. Along the […]

Cups for a Cause: Lemon:Aid Success Story

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Our friend, Victoria, heard about Lemon:Aid on the radio, and decided she wanted to help people in Africa like her pen-pal, Petronious! After a late night building the stand and a hot Friday selling lemonade, she not only reached her fundraising goal of $100, but she exceeded it with the help of a generous matching […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 6

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In this section of Book Five: Exodus, we see the Price family dealing with the loss of Ruth May. As soon as she dies, Orleanna has to keep moving, and marches straight out of Kilanga with her remaining daughters. When they finally reach Bulungu, Rachel finds Eeben Axelroot and leaves with him for South […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 5

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In Book Four: Bel and the Serpent, the girls recount the things that were lost: the villages’ faith in Jesus, the peace in the community, Leah’s respect for her father and his preaching, and the life of dear Ruth May. When Tata Ndu chooses to utilize the white man’s invention of election to conduct […]

Building Relationships on a Philanthropic Journey

Posted on Jul 08, 2016 by Kristin Flow
As is the case for the majority of internships, I really didn’t know what to expect coming into the position as the engagement intern for Blood:Water.  You can read the internship description, but those words often don’t do the actual living experience justice. When I read the engagement internship description and talked with the engagement […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 4

Posted on Jul 05, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In the second half of Book Three: The Judges, Tata Ndu offers to marry Rachel, so the Prices arrange an agreement with Eeben Axelroot to make people think he and Rachel are engaged. Even Nathan has learned that when Tata Ndu presents an idea, it has already been decided upon by the entire village […]

Classy Collaborative: A Week Among Incredible Social Innovators

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Two weeks ago today, I flew home to Nashville, Tenn., after attending the Collaborative conference in Boston, Mass. Blood:Water was nominated as a Classy Awards finalist for our programming in the integration of HIV/AIDS and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and I was fortunate enough to represent our team along with our interim executive director, […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 3

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Summary In Book Three: Judges, we see the slow start of an uprising against Reverend Price’s tyranny. The section begins with Orleanna’s point of view, and she shares exactly how Reverend Price came to be a religious extremist instead of the handsome preacher she first met. His involvement in World War II, and his guilt […]

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 […]

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