Participants find unique ways to tell their unique story

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

Abstract painting by Ukrainian artist Olha Trach

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


Open water swimming in the San Francisco Bay