Water is such an important aspect of humanity, affecting our economies, health and environment. Everyone has a connection to water. What makes submissions to the Blue Roots Project interesting is how people choose to contribute and share their stories and experiences with water.
This week brought a variety of stories and types of submissions—exactly the kind of variety we hoped for in this project. As the project progresses we’re excited to see the creativity of participants as they find ways to tell their stories that suit their talents and abilities.
While we do receive many submissions directly through our website, many others opt to share a story, photo or a video on social media. We don’t want to leave anyone out, so our weekly round up will also include submissions through social media.
So without further delay, here are a few of our favorites from the past week.
An artist inspired by water
Ukrainian artist Olha Trach connected with us via social media and sent us some information about her work through the website. Above is an abstract painting of hers that is part of her Fluid 0000 Project. Her project is inspired by the fluidity of both human consciousness and nature and uses art to drive a powerful message of caring for the environment. She writes:
Maybe, just maybe through medium of art we might be brought closer to harmonious existence with the planet, each other, own self. For another veil of ignorance to fall.
Water + Action in Uganda, East Africa
Theres Iwanchuk is living in the U.S. but is connected to the Starlight Family in Uganda through an old friend. She shared a video through the website about an ongoing project to improve access to clean water for an orphanage in the District of Kiboga. Here’s an excerpt from her story (the full version can be found here):
A recent generous donation to Starlight Family provided an 8000 liter metal water tank to collect rain water. However, the entire community relies on a local spring water source which urgently needs renovating as its quality is not safe to drink anymore. Its stagnant water is contaminated with dangerous bacteria and parasites, and gets even worse during the annual drought season. It is the breeding place for mosquitoes and frogs. Last year a 6-year old girl from the Starlight Junior School died of Typhus fever and severe abdominal cramps because she drank water that hadn’t been boiled.
Here’s the video Theres shared with the Blue Roots Project.
A Jordanian perspective of the value of water
"Our home country, Jordan, is one of the world's poorest countries in regards to the water crisis. Our parents raised us to be very conscious about our use of water, and its value on life. Our father built a water well and was proud to harvest rain water for our home to use. After his passing, we honored him by bringing the joy of access to clean, sustainable water to an under-served village in Rwanda." – Moghrabi Family. | In loving memory of Ziad Ahmad Al-Moghrabi | Rwanda, Africa 2016| #ZamZamWater #mywaterstory @nidoscheesecake
Open water swimming in the San Francisco Bay
I swim in the San Francisco Bay as often as I can. For me it is meditation, communion, exercise, and beauty all at the same time. Open water swimming occupies the same place in my life as hiking: it is all about being immersed in nature. The wonder, for me, is that this huge, beautiful body of water is so close at hand. Also, that it is clean enough to swim in… Forty years ago the Bay was much dirtier, but thanks to the efforts of many, many dedicated people it is probably cleaner than it has been since the Gold Rush. I hope that it remains so forever. #mywaterstory #swimming #openwaterswimming #openwater