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 […]

Living with a Servant’s Heart

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Back in high school, I was extremely involved in student government. In 2009, I was in my sophomore year and decided to apply for a position with the state executive board as a charity coordinator. When I was appointed, I was so excited and immediately started looking for a charity that we could support—that’s when […]

How a Good Cause Brought Personal Growth

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
We did it! Save a Drink, Save a Life™ has come to a close, and we are on the other side of a hard-fought battle to give up our favorite drinks during Lent so that our friends in Africa can have clean water. Once again, we stand humbled by the many participants and donors who […]

Live Music. Good Food. Great Partners. #WorldWaterDay

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 by Dan Haseltine
The World Water Day Celebration is a chance to celebrate the work that has been done to serve over 1 million Africans with clean water, and to continue to provide life-giving resources and support to Africa-based initiatives impacting the water crisis. The partnership between Lightning 100 and Blood:Water is one born of respect, admiration, and […]

Why We Celebrate World Water Day

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 by Dan Haseltine
  Sometimes, even as the water crisis rages on, we must celebrate the great work of people all around the world who have changed the health and well-being of their communities by providing clean water. Some days are set aside to tell the stories of lives that have been saved, communities that have tackled water […]

It’s Worth It: Part IV

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 by Erin Todd
Today we share with you the final section from the reflection Dave Umphress wrote about his time in Mozambique with fellow members of the Colorado Mozambique Team. In it, he shares one of the most impactful moments of the trip, as well as his greatest discovery. Part I, Part II, and Part III are available […]

Save a Drink for One More Week!

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
We are just over a week away from the end of our Save a Drink, Save a Life™ journey in 2016! Thanks to the liquid sacrifice of our participants, and the support of their family and friends, we are one step closer to providing 3,750 people in Africa with safe, clean drinking water.   Giving […]

Representing the Solution: Part III

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 by Erin Todd
Over the last two weeks, we have shared with you Part I and Part II of a powerful blog from Dave Umphress. Dave is a member of the Colorado Mozambique Team who recently went to Mozambique to visit the communities where the project will take place. In the third section, Dave shares the story of a […]

Take Action for World Water Day

Posted on Mar 08, 2016 by Erin Todd
Every day is a day of celebration and anticipation at Blood:Water—celebration for the progress we’ve all collectively made in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa, and anticipation for the progress that will be made in the future. While we have reached more than 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa with […]

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