John's Mission / The Story Behind Bamba Water

Long story short - Ridge Events sells bottled water and proceeds go to Bamba Forge in Uganda.

Here's the long story. John Wigger of Ridge Events is also John Wigger of Hawthorne Forge. Located in Desloge, Missouri, Hawthorne Forge was created because of a passion for forging metal. What began as a blacksmithing hobby became something to share with more metal admirers! Fast forward, John was on the show "Forged in Fire." While filming the “Forged in Fire” episode, John made a new friend with fellow contestant Tim Troyer and learned about Tim’s work with non-profit The Reckoning International in Uganda. The Reckoning International works to help those in poverty to find real solutions to their poverty. They work to provide necessary training and tools so that the people are empowered, sustained, and that they become self-supporting and generous to others. In particular, The Reckoning International works with people at the Bamba Forge in Uganda to teach them how to blacksmith and create knives, which happens to be something John knows a thing or two about! John helps with The Reckoning International team to travel to Uganda to work with the blacksmiths there and help with this mission. John’s goal to raise as much money as possible to help bring the people some new blacksmith tools, maybe even a power hammer! As Ridge Events, in partnership with LaRue, sells its Bamba Water, proceeds will be donated to Bamba Forge.

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