Welcome, Dear Friend,

Food, water, and shelter are nothing if the one being fed, watered, and sheltered is immersed in the profound suffering that is poverty of the soul. I am grateful to carry out the humanitarian work of feeding souls the bread and breath of Love, compassion, and hope.

In an often dehumanizing world, Soul Water Rising is a global rehumanizing mission. Through writing, publishing, speaking, advocacy, and mentoring, we support the healing journeys of historically dehumanized populations and cultures, working to foster wellness in children, youth, families, and communities. We place a particular priority on displaced, stigmatized, and marginalized children and families; on the honoring of womanhood and fatherhood; and on the dissolving of racial and cultural supremacies wherever they exist.

Jaiya John
Mshkiki Odeh Inini



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Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized humanitarian, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. Jaiya is also the founder of Harvest Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, has authored numerous books, and has spoken to over half a million people worldwide and audiences as large as several thousand, including national and international conferences, schools, Indigenous reservations and communities, prisons and detention centers, shelters, and colleges. Jaiya is a National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup relations and identity development. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors.


Since 2001, Jaiya John and Soul Water Rising have remained faithful to a mission of serving communities and lives through compassionate, healing work. Here are some of our accomplishments:

  • Donated over 5,000 books to youth serving programs and organizations worldwide.

  • Spoken to over half a million souls worldwide, including youth, families, professionals, advocates, and leaders.

  • Written and published 14 book titles addressing healing and wellness within the human experience.

  • Mentored hundreds of youth through ongoing relational support, guidance, and creative opportunities.

  • Provided educational scholarships to several vulnerable, well-deserving youth.

  • Participated in numerous social justice initiatives nationally.

  • Offered consultation to numerous agencies, programs, states, and national initiatives.

  • Shared system change visions for arenas including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and education.




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