"Water Poverty is a Crisis for Navajo Communities" - NPR
NPR reporter Laurel Morales stopped by Smith Lake, New Mexico just before Christmas to help share the story of the people behind the Navajo Water Project.
Check out this short clip from NPR Morning Edition or read the story online HERE.
#NavajoWater in the Press
"Native American Issues That Go Beyond The Redskins Controversy"
Why We Work: Darlene Arviso
At DIGDEEP, we take seriously the power of social media to inspire change. It’s why we spend so much of our time on Facebook, Twitter, and our websites, like the Navajo Water Project. So when we read this article at Bustle on the online movement of young Native American activists connecting with each other and inspiring change, we got excited!
Another group of Native Americans are operating alongside their traditional counterparts: they are lawyers, comedians, designers, professors, journalists, flash mob organizers, and even federal U.S. government staffers. They are Internet-savvy 20-somethings engaged in a thoroughly modern, hashtag-heavy conversation with other indigenous peoples around the world…
HJU Peace Seminar 2013
There are people living in the US without running water at home. DIGDEEP is bringing clean water to 250 American homes for the first time, ever.
You can help. Make a donation, buy a gift, share your voice. Water poverty is closer to home than you think.
The Navajo Water Access Project: http://digdeepwater.org/navajo
Last summer, we sent George to Hiroshima to teach classes at the HJU Global Seminar on Peace. He gave lectures on water, human rights and development strategies to students marking the anniversary of the Atomic bombings.
HJU gathers some of the finest young leaders across Asia and Africa committed to global change. Water is at the heart of all forward-thinking. We were honored to be a part.
Check out the videos shane sure the application notices for Spring and Summer 2014!
You can see all of the videos here: http://vimeo.com/user16320250/videos
#ThirstyThursday : December 11, 2013
The Navajo Water Project is getting some love online this week. Check out these pieces from awesome sites all over the web.
1. GOOD.is featured “These US Families Live Without Running Water” on the front page of their website, their Facebook page, and also shared the Navajo Water Project on Twitter.
2. Refinery29 included the Lindsey Johnson Serigraph on their "Slacker’s Guide to Last Minute Gifts."
3. Lauren Kelp put together a holiday gift guide for art lovers and included our Navajo serigraph!
4. Jay Tavare wrote a piece on the Navajo Water Project for the The Huffington Post.
5. And of course, George McGraw’s article “These US Families Live Without Running Water” in The Huffington Post.
The (really high) cost of doing business in the US.
Merry it’s-almost-the-holidays #ThirstyThursday!
The pre-holiday weeks are upon us. Take a deep breath and turn up the volume.
- Winter, Daughter
- Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins), Shad
- Going Away, The Innocence Mission
#ThirstyThursday : December 4, 2013
I had a donor contact me this morning with this question about our New Mexico water project. I though it would be worth sharing both his email and my response with all of you.
Bringing clean water to American homes is a complicated issue - and often more costly and time-consuming than work in the developing world.
Thanks for all of your incredible support - and questions - as we launch the Navajo Water Project.
I read an article this morning about the need for clean water in New Mexico. The article said, “While a similar project in East Africa would only take about $8,000 to complete, [McGraw] added, the water project in New Mexico is estimated to cost close to $400,000.”
Can I get a little more information on those numbers, please? What’s driving up the cost so much here in the US? Is it government regulations? Contractors? Which ones?
Holiday Campaign: Navajo Water Project
It’s another #ThirstyThursday!
Hello, Thursday. It’s a miracle you’re here again. You could be not here. But you’re NOT not here.
- Think of You - HAERTS Remix, MS MR
- Lusaka by Night, John Wizards
- Who No Know Go Know, Just a Band + Childish Gambino
It’s #GivingTuesday - and we’re thrilled to announce that today our holiday campaign is finally live!
When most people think of dirty water, they think of places like rural Africa. But water poverty affects hundreds-of-thousands of Americans too.
Nearly 40% of Navajo Americans don’t have a tap or a toilet at home. Over 250 of these families live in Smith Lake, New Mexico.
Imagine, thousands of people living without clean water just hours from your house… people you can call, people you can visit.
This holiday, help us bring clean water to the people of Smith Lake for the first time ever. Make a donation or purchase a holiday gift like a hand-inked serigraph or a vial of soil from the project site. You gift will help families right here at home.
See the website and watch the video.
#ThirstyThursday : November 28, 2013
Alison Ben is 40 years old and lives in Mariri village. During the conflict, he and his wife lived in an internally displaced persons camp (IDP) near the Ugandan border. It was there they both got sick from sanitation and poor nutrition.
When they finally were able to return home they encountered a big problem - no clean water. The whole community was now left with no other option than to fetch water from a local stream. Encountering the same diseases he did in the IDP, Ben never thought this reality would be true with his new freedom.
When asked about his new water source Ben mentioned, “There is happiness deep inside my heart because of this new well.” He and his family can now live their dream calling Mariri, once again, their perfect home.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Today we’re thankful for you!
It’s #ThirstyThursday! Here are a few tunes to accompany today’s festivities.
- There’s a Beast and We All Feed It, Jake Bugg
- We Belong, RAC and Katie Herzig
- Calling Cards, Neko Case
Samuel is 38. He is the headman of Warpia village. He is married to his wife Mary and has four children. Unlike the others, Samuel did not flee to exile during the war, he opted to stay. In doing this, he experienced the many hardships of daily life in a conflict zone, lack of water being one of the hardest.
Now that peace is restored Samuel and his family not only have their freedom back, but a new quality of life. With their new water source, women no longer walk three miles to collect dirty water from the Nile. They can stay close to home for the holidays with plenty of clean water for their loved ones.
#ThirstyThursday : November 14, 2013
Kuyang has four children, one with epilepsy After the war in 2007 she returned to Kabi with a regular walk of three kilometers to the local water source. With a big responsibility at home, being gone for long periods of time added addition stress to her day.
She thanks God everyday for this new well close to home. With more time on her hands to be near, it makes caring for her son all the easier.
It’s #ThirstyThursday - and we’re headed to Navajo country to check on our Diné Water Access Project. We’ll be jamming to this on the way over.
Did you know that 40% of Navajo don’t have clean water or a toilet at home? That’s right here in the US. Contemplate.
- You’re Not the One, Sky Ferreira
- Go With It, Tokimonsta & MNDR
- I Can’t Stand It, Maylee Todd