She said to Him, "Sir,You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." --John 4:11,13-14
783 million people on the planet don't have access to clean, safe, drinking water. That's one in nine people worldwide. Dirty water causes 80% of all sickness and disease and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
It All Starts:
Monday, April 8, 2013 (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM). All Liquid Hope involved high schools are invited to the GCU Arena to participate in the first city-wide chapel featuring all Phoenix area Christian Schools.
Bringing together people willing to "Get Dirty"-- to roll-up their sleeves and bring safe, clean drinking water to the world's poorest. Most villages in developing nations like Haiti have a plentiful supply of freshwater just below the ground in natural aquifers, but no way to get at it.
Keep up with the Liquid Hope project through press realeases and related articles.
- "Unprecedented": 15 school partner for clean water in Haiti.
- What happens when 15,000 Arizona students all work together towards one purpose?
- History in the making. The first state-wide Christian school chapel service takes place on Monday, April 8 at Grand Canyon University.
70% of our planet is covered by water but only 2.5% of that water is safe to drink. Of the 6 billion people that live on the earth, 783 million do not have access to this small amount of clean, safe drinking water. Believe it or not, the lack of access to clean drinking water kills more people than any form of violence, including war.
This problem is especially prevalent in the island nation of Haiti. In January, 2010, the nation was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that made an unsafe environment even more desperate. Over 600 groundwater wells were damaged and the event severely limited the local population’s access to clean water. This has resulted in major health issues: of the 9 million people in Haiti, 400,000 children are orphans, and 1 out of 10 babies are born with serious physical or mental disabilities. The lack of clean, safe drinking water means that roughly 1 in 6 children born today in Haiti will face either sickness or death.
Haiti also has another problem. This isn’t a physical problem. Rather, it is a spiritual one. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, “roughly half of the population practices voodoo.” Deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide once said of his homeland, “Voodoo is the culture of my country. No one will ever destroy it. Voodoo will survive.” Voodoo is the worship of spirits and points it’s followers away from the truths of God’s word.
It is for these reasons that Christian schools and Christian Clubs on Campus in and around Phoenix are coming together under the banner of Liquid Hope.
Students, teachers, and families from participating schools are being challenged to give up drinking anything—including Starbucks, Coke, Gatorade, and milk—but water for one week, April 8 to 13, 2013. The money saved through this sacrifice is being donated to Liquid Hope. The goal of Liquid Hope is to raise $50,000 and to use those funds to provide both clean water and Living Water for the children of Haiti. The money will be split between building and repairing groundwater wells and funding a high school mission’s trip to the communities where the wells are being built.