Blood:Water Mission reports Kenya drought conditions

Blood:Water Mission reports Kenya drought conditions, need for water great

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Blood:Water Mission spokesperson said that the drought in northern Kenya has reached near historic proportions and the need for water is greater than ever.

In January, 6 News traveled to Africa with now former UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton and other members of Blood:Water Mission, a Nashville-based non-profit that helps provide clean water and aids education to many Sub-Saharan Africans.

Hamilton through his Kalu Grace Foundation has raised money in Knoxville to be used in Marsabit, Kenya.

6 News traveled there to see how the money had been spent and found that an aids clinic built in part with Knoxville dollars had a profound impact on the community.

Farther north water storage tanks built by Blood:Water Mission served as lifelines for many children.

Local Africa partner "Food for the Hungry" described the work being done right now as vital.

"During this time of drought, the government of Kenya and other stake holders conducted water trucking, where they transport water from other regions to our tanks in Marsabit for storage...The district committee in Marsabit identified most of the tanks constructed from our Blood:Water Mission programs as strategic water storage reservoirs...these tanks are of great help... to Marsabit and other surrounding communities."

Blood:Water Mission was founded by members of the Christian rock band Jars of Clay.

They will be performing in Knoxville on August 26 at World's Fair Park as part of the Worship in the City Music Festival.

General admission is $12 in advance.

More information is available on the Worship in the City website.

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