Local Church Supports ‘Thirst’ with Concert

Local Church Supports ‘Thirst’ with Concert

Youth-led effort looks to provide healthy water for all

Tomrrow, Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Alameda will host a Benefit Concert to support the Thirst Project. This nonprofit youth water-activism organization is working to end water shortages around the world by building wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. 

Started in 2008 by eight college students in southern California, the Thirst Project raises funds to provide communities in the developing world with new, safe drinking freshwater wells. Clean water can drop a community’s disease rate by up to 88 percent and the child mortality rate by up to 90 percent. 

Clean water can also play a critical role in the effective treatment of HIV and AIDS in rural communities. In addition, women and children can spend six to eight hours per day walking an average of 3.75 miles to collect water. The building of a community freshwater well can greatly enhance educational opportunities for children and vocational options for women. 

The Thirst Project Benefit Concert is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by groups from First Baptist Church and Iu Mien Friendship Baptist Church in Richmond. Information about the Thirst Project, including the local goal of $5,000, will be provided, along with other opportunities to donate. 

First Baptist Church of Alameda is located at 1515 Santa Clara Ave. For more information, call 522-9243, email fbca1515@comcast.net, or visit www.firstbaptistalameda.com/water.