Wine to Share: Water for All
What if you could help a community build wells and cisterns, create a clean water delivery or hygiene system? What if you could learn about the community you’re helping while sharing a glass of wine and waiting for your favorite local band to play?
Week of Compassion has launched Wine to Share: Water for All, a new initiative to support global water projects all over the world.
If you’re looking for a unique, fun way to get your church involved in supporting water- related development projects, consider holding a wine and cheese tasting, a happy hour, or a sit-down dinner as a fundraiser.
Churches, large and small, from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are partnering with local merchants, enlisting local musicians, and becoming advocates in their own communities for clean water in places such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Wine to Share: Water for All is designed to encourage the creativity of congregations, as well as promote and support clean water and water-related justice issues. You know the resources in your church and community. We can help provide you with advocacy and educational resources, as well as connect you with a project for you to support with your event.
fundraiser, contact Brandon Gilvin.
Who Is Participating?
- First Christian Church, Paris, TN
- Geist Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
- Saint Paul Christian Church, Raleigh, NC
- University Christian Church, Ft. Worth, TX
- Plymouth Creek Christian Church, Plymouth, MN
- First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, LA
- Campus Compassion-Barton College, Wilson, NC
- Heart of the Rockies Christian Church, Fort Collins, CO
- First Christian Church, Columbia, MO
- First Christian Church, North Kansas City
What Resources Are There?
- Download Promotional Flyer
- Water Wars: Climate change may spark conflict
- Egypt and Water
- Palestine and Tree-Planting
- Sample Displays from a Wine to Share: Water for All event (.ZIP file)
Where Can The Money Go?
Water for Life/Kenya
Water for Life is a "multiple solutions" program that promotes community organization and "buy-in" as the foundation for its success. Communities form management communities that will repair and maintain water systems. Water use agreements assure peaceful resolution of potential conflict related to access. "Multiple solutions" means that there are "back-up" water resources—animal watering troughs in addition to wells and sand dams, etc. Sanitation facilities protect ground water safety.
Affordable options /Cambodia
Simple sand filters have proven to be a lifeline to families in Cambodia, where it is estimated that 74 percent of all deaths come from water-borne illnesses. The cost for a typical bio-sand filter can range from US $15 to $20. Bio-sand filters are compact, household-sized boxed devices on a concrete base, containing a layer of gravel, topped by a layer of sand that traps and consumes contaminants in the water. The filtered water flows out a pipe at the base of the device into a clean container for safe usage. A very encouraging outcome has been the reduction of rampant typhoid and diarrhea.
Cisterns & Safety/West Bank Lack of access to potable water has created a long-term crisis for Palestinian families. The Water Cisterns program highlights family participation. Each family receiving a water cistern is required to provide a cash or in-kind contribution to cover any deficit between allocated budgets and actual cost of cisterns. Having water resource storage close to home also means that women do not walk as far under dangerous conflict conditions to secure their households' water supply.