Jars of Clay, a Grammy award-winning band, founded Blood:Water Mission, ten years ago. It’s an organization started for the purpose of bringing clean drinkable water and clean blood to the people in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Dan Haseltine, the lead singer of the band,
“Since then we’ve been able to help give access to clean water to over a thousand communities, just giving water to people who didn’t have it, a little over 600,000 people,” said lead singer Dan Haseltine. (According to Chris Cannon of News Channel 5 and NewsChannel5.com. Please watch their video and read the rest of this inspiring story here )
They were in Nashville yesterday to raise awareness of the fact that there are still millions without clean safe water by sponsoring ‘Nashville Water Walk’.
The purpose of the walk is to give communities a sense of what Africans go through on a daily basis walking each day for miles just to have water. This is a worthy cause and if you hear about it in your area please try to attend.
“They carry a five gallon jug and that’s the water that they’ve got for a day. If they spill it, or use too much, that’s all they have,” Haseltine explained.
The group walked over the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge to the banks of the Cumberland River near L.P. Field.
There they filled their bottles with water and then continued their mile journey back to the downtown side of the river.
“I really try to encourage people to be quiet on the way back and really just think about what it must be like for children to carry water, sometimes for miles and miles,” Haseltine said.
Unfortunately, I was unable to take part in the walk but hope to be a part of the action next time the group is in TN.
Here’s a video of Jars of Clay I hope you’ll enjoy: