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Clean water!

We shared an exciting announcement for our clean water project in our newsletter recently. You can read the update HERE. From the update:

...we began raising funds with first annual bike ride, The Water Ride. Thanks to many who rode and donated, and also to our event sponsor, Des Moines Water Works (who also signed on as our sponsor for 2014!) we have now raised enough money to begin work on installing a well!

We recently identified the village of Tsipasi in Ghana, West Africa as the community who will receive the well. You'll receive additional information on the village and the area in the next few weeks, but here's a quick bio...

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Be sure you subscribe to our newsletter to meet the folks of Tsipasi in the coming weeks!

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Clean Water and Then...

If you've followed us at The Move Project for a while, you know that holistic poverty alleviation is at the heart of everything we do. We want to break the cycle of poverty by addressing key points in the cycle; namely, water/food, shelter, and slavery.

The Challenge



TMP at 80/35

We have an opportunity to have a booth at the Des Moines music festival, 80/35. This is a fantastic opportunity that we are thrilled about, but need some help.

We need volunteers to work the booth during the festival, Thursday beginning around 4pm



Wear The Move Project!

You can now wear The Move Project by purchasing one of our t-shirts. The shirts, as seen in the image below, are white with the black TMP logo. Sizes range from small to 2xl.

We strive to allocate 100% of funds received to a specific project to the work of that project, and do not withold money to cover adminsitrative costs. Since projcects, initiatives, websites, etc don't create themselves, we will be using the money raised from t-shirt sales for administrative costs associated with running TMP. Your purchase will help us move forward!

If you want one, act fast because very limited quantities are available. You can order yours here.



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Instead...A Clean Water Initiative

One of out of every eight people live without access to clean water. This is two things:

1. Shocking

2. Unacceptable

So we are going to do something about it.

March 22nd is designated by the United Nations as World Water Day. Although the problem persists 365 days a year, and each day we have the capability of closign the gap, we aim to use March 22nd as a catalyst for our clean water branch of The Move Project.

We are going to use the Instead app, and a collective effort, to bring clean water to a community who needs it. (side note: the grand idea is much larger than this, but clean water is a place to start. If you'd like to talk with us about holistic community development, email

The plan:

Instead off drinking your latte, soda, or beverage of choice



The Move Project EP


We just released an EP featuring three artists who provided original songs that were inspired by the work of The Move Project. We understand how music sheds light into dark places, and stirs people in a unique way. We truly hope this project goes beyond raising money for The Move Project's initiatives addressing homeslessness, food/water access and modern-day slavery, but also prompts people to get involved in addressing social injustice in their backyard and around the world.



TMP and the Iowa Cubs Address Homelessness in Des Moines


We can't be any more excited about our newest partnership and initiative.

The Move Project has launched an initiative with the Iowa Cubs to resource homeless shelters in Des Moines. The baseball team will be gathering toiletries during their travels, which will be provided to homeless shelters in Des Moines. This will address a felt need in the shelters throughout the city, and serve a large number of the homeless population with toiletry products. The Move Project will also work with visiting teams who travel to Des Moines to play the Iowa Cubs to gather toiletries during their visit, providing exposure to homeless services, and encouraging teams to launch similar initiatives in their city. We have already received feedback from teams in the Pacific Coast League who are interested in launching an initiative in partnership with their local shelter. The possibilities are endless...



Tsunami Relief Update

Over the past 4 days, we have seen 32 people donate to our tsunami relief fund. We are beyond thrilled to see such a grassroots response, as we've had donations from $1 to $25, and everywhere in between. We have to say a huge THANK YOU to our friends at Dwolla for helping us get the word out, and waiving all transaction fees for donations made to our tsunami relief fund.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to ask you to help us get the word out, and get others involved. For now, we are simply asking you to donate a tweet or a facebook post. It's a very simple way to get involved, but as we saw over the weekend (using Facebook and Twitter exclusively) our social networks are incredibly valuable to our cause. Get your networks involved by sending a tweet or post such as:

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Welcome to The Move Project blog! We will be using this space to keep you up to speed on new initiatives, parnerships, events, and opportunities to get involved.

Since there are a few events and a couple new initiatives in the works right now, we'd love to have you stop back or subscribe so that you don't miss out on any of the exciting stuff brewing.

Here's to changing the world!