Clean Water Changes Everything
What is Project Blue?
Project Blue was launched at CHIC2015 in partnership with Covenant World Relief. Through Project Blue, we will have the opportunity to do three things:
1) Become aware of the need for clean water and sanitation around the world.
2) Become engaged in the issues of injustice that exist in the world due to the lack of clean water and sanitation.
3) Work together to raise funds for the work that Covenant World Relief is doing to provide clean water and sanitation.
Why Project Blue?
Though the need is great, there is so much hope in joining the work that God is doing. It is really two-fold and ties in with the CWR tagline “partners in transformation.” We hope for transformation on both ends of Project Blue. Of course, we are working for transformation in communities that will now have access to clean water. But, we are equally hoping for transformation in each of us. That we would be transformed by new understandings of poverty, injustice, and access to clean water, transformed in seeing “others” as our brothers and sisters and worthy of dignity and respect, and transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ.
On a big picture level, there are several opportunities and hopes:
Clean water saves lives. Bottom line–bringing clean water is a fast way to save lives.
Clean water makes people healthier. By eliminating water borne diseases and promoting better sanitation, people lead healthier lives.
Clean water gives people more time. When people no longer have to walk miles to access water, when they no longer have to spend extra energy on accessing water for household tasks like cooking, cleaning, and washing, they are freed to attend school, enter the workforce, and to better their families and communities.
Clean water betters the economy. As more people are able to enter the workforce and people are healthier, the economy of the country grows.
Clean water promotes equity. Women are disproportionately effected by the lack of clean water–they are the ones who typically spend hours gathering water; they are the ones who spend hours traveling to wash clothing; they are the ones who care for children who are sick because of water-borne illness. But, when they have access to clean water they can spend their time doing other things to better their family communities. Girls who used to have to spend their days carrying water can now go to school. And, as communities form water committees, women are often the leaders of these committees. When women are seen as having leadership ability and skill, family dynamics and community structures change.
Through Project Blue we will be able to work together to raise money that can help this important work continue through Covenant World Relief. Be watching your mail box for more Project Blue information and ways to get involved!
Learn More about Clean Water Efforts
Our extensive video library gives new perspective on clean water initiatives across the world.
Project Blue Walk for Water
Find all the resources you need to host a CWR Project Blue Walk for Water at your church.
Project Blue Biblical Reflection
This 4-part reflection was designed for students to discuss global water issues prior to CHIC and is adaptable for groups of any age.
Kids Helping Kids: Clean Water
This free supplemental curriculum helps children here develop a larger kingdom view and to impact the world by supporting CWR clean water efforts.
Resolution on Clean Water
The Commission on Christian Action presented this resolution to the 2015 Annual Meeting. Resolutions address ethical and political issues and recommends actions informed by biblical perspective.
SHIFT the Curriculum
SHIFT, is a 6-week, intergenerational opportunity for the whole church and includes resources for adults, youth and children. The final week culminates with the CWR Project Blue Walk for Water.
Downloads and Resources
Download resources to help raise money for clean water.