Grammy winning rockers, Jars of Clay are using their new album to bring safe water to Africa.
The lads who make up Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark and Charlie Lowell, have set a goal to raise at least $300,000 through sales of Good Monsters for water projects in Africa.
For the initiative, the band has teamed with The Global Water Challenge, an organization that works to bring safe drinking water to the developing world. The Global Water Challenge will match up to $100,000, donating $1 for the first thousand copies of the CD sold.
In 2002, Jars of Clay founded the Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization that "exists to promote clean blood and clean water efforts in Africa, tangibly reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic while addressing the underlying issues of poverty, injustice and oppression. Blood:Water Mission is building clean water wells, supporting medical facilities, and focusing on community and worldview transformation, both here in America and in Africa," according to the official site.
The Mission's first initiative, the 1000 Wells Project, has constructed 50 wells and brought clean water to more than 34,000 people and raised over $1 million.
United Nations statistics show that over 300 million people in Africa and more than one billion people worldwide don't have access to safe drinking water.
For more information please visit www.bloodwatermission.com.
Writer: Meghan Wubs