Blood:Water Mission Update

This time last year Mike and I, along with several friends, were furiously training for a marathon. It was intense. It was insane. It was life-changing. Oh, and it was painful…very, very painful.

Will I ever run a marathon again? Absolutely not! Never. Maybe if someone were chasing me with a knife but, realistically, they’d catch me long before we neared marathon distance.

Am I glad I did it? Absolutely! The training was very intense – much more so than I anticipated it would be. But, it taught me a lot. It taught me what I’m capable of (with encouragement and support from friends, of course). It taught me that “I can”. It taught me the importance and power of friendship during challenging circumstances. It caused a life-long friendship to form around the families of those that trained and ran together. And, the race itself taught me how powerful a kind word and glass of water from a stranger can be.

Beyond all of that, through the marathon journey we learned about a water crisis in Africa – about how people walk miles and miles every day just for water that is dirty and full of disease. How mother’s are forced to give their children water that could lead to their death because it’s the only water available. We learned that a very small sacrifice on our part can be life-saving to someone on the other side of the world.

Here’s Our Story in video form. This is the video we shared with our church the day after the marathon:

 

Today I received an update from Blood:Water Mission – the organization we supported with our running efforts. Since the start of this organization they have placed clean water sources in 1000 communities in Africa. Because of their work, over 600,000 people now have access to clean, life-saving water. Children can now attend school because they don’t have to spend their days walking to collect water. Women can spend their time working to provide for their families. Babies are no longer dying from diarrhea and other water related illnesses.

The video below shares a bit about Blood:Water Mission’s 1000 Wells project and talks about how they plan to continue providing clean water and HIV/Aids help to communities in Africa. Please take 5 minutes to see life-changing work in action:

Moving Deeper from Blood:Water Mission on Vimeo.

I am so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to be a small, small part of the work of Blood:Water Mission. If you want to read more about our marathon story, visit the H2O Runners blog. To learn more about Blood:Water Mission and the work they are doing in Africa, or to make a donation, check out their website.

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2 responses to “Blood:Water Mission Update

  1. MikeLenda (@MikeLenda) September 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Thanks for your passion and for being a part of our story. It’s because of friends like you that we have been able to walk alongside over 1000 communities. We are thankful for your partnership! Keep on running!

    Mike Lenda
    US Programs Director
    Blood:Water Mission

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