Water, our shared symbol, is a most fitting place for people of all faiths to unite and lead.
Check out what some faiths groups in your state are doing about safe water.
The U.S. spends just one one-hundredth of a percent of the federal budget on global WASH! Let’s remind Members of Congress that every health and development plan, policy and legislation, must include WASH.
Fun and fruitful ways to engage congregations:
Healing Waters International
The Water Project
Living Water International
Water is Life (Catholic Relief Services)
Find out what's going on in your denomination:
No more rusty pumps! Let’s make sure our charity work, works. Many houses of worship enthusiastically commit to installing “the village water pump”, but 50% of these one-off projects fail. A pump and posing for the photo-op isn’t good enough. We’ve got to dramatically ramp up and provide far wider support to what works, not to what makes us feel good. Before you donate: Ask how the organization makes sure its water projects are sustainable.
ENGAGE YOUR YOUTH:
H20 for Life and Faiths for Safe Water co-created an easy-to-use, faith-based curriculum that will enhance religious school study and youth group activity. H2O for Life also offers partnerships with schools around the world:
H2O for Life has worked with more than 400,000 North American youth who've raised almost $3 million for specific WASH in school projects. Each project is 100% matched, bringing the total to $6 million these kids have dedicated to WASH in schools around the world. More than 200,000 students have received life-changing and life-saving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in their schools.
American students choose the school they wish to partner with from a long list with WASH needs...So a Spanish-speaking church might want to fund a project in Latin America; a Baptist church may want to fund a Baptist school in Africa; a church may have a particular connection to Rwanda, and so on...
H2O for Life has lots of FREE materials, including
H2O for Life in the media:
Reader’s Digest http://h2oforlifeschools.org/images/readersdigest-med.png
Today Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S051qBBjX-Y#t=146
Good Morning America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjSCM_Uy24I&list=UUlVMO38_RxMrDOSd5OZj2Aw
Students “rapping” for water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-6T0F9L1Fg&list=PLB23A25C31748405A
Sacred Water: Sustaining Life: A wonderful look at water and faith created for the Festival of Faiths, Louisville, KY.
Water and Faith Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs comprehensive report entitled Water and Faith: Rights, Pragmatic Demands, and an Ethical Lens
Faith for International Assistance (FIA) seeks to strengthen U.S. public support and funding for global health and develop assistance through the voice and lens of faith. Learn the myths and facts of foreign aid.
Why is the Bible and Water Important to Christians?