Mission: Blood:Water is an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the water and HIV/AIDS crises by identifying Africa’s hidden heroes and coming alongside their vision for change. Blood:Water provides technical, financial, and organizational support so that African civil society organizations have expanded reach and effectiveness in the communities they serve.
Results: Since 2004, Blood:Water has been partnering with grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, joining them to serve the communities where they live and work. Through outreach and intimate knowledge of these areas, their partners identify and empower local heroes to champion the issues affecting the health and well-being of their families and neighbors. Partners form water committees, train community health promoters, and implement support groups to combat stigma, resulting in community transformation.
Target demographics: Communities in sub-Saharan Africa affected by the HIV/AIDS and water crises
Direct beneficiaries per year: 81,855 people were provided with HIV prevention services; 65,651 were trained in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); 12,755 individuals gained access to clean water
Geographic areas served: Africa
Programs: Blood:Water strives to end the water and HIV/AIDS crises in sub-Saharan Africa through multi-year granting partnerships with African organizations, strategically leveraging funding alongside organizational strengthening initiatives. Grants focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and three overlapping elements of HIV/AIDS: community care support, combination prevention, and health system strengthening. ... Our funding of partners with WASH Projects includes: creating safe water access through wells, filtration systems, rain tanks, protected springs, and other creative solutions based on local conditions and expertise; providing sanitation and hygiene training alongside water solutions to ensure maximum health benefits, especially for those living with compromised immune systems; training local leaders to champion healthy behaviors through the formation of water committees during the implementation of water points. ... Our funding of partners with HIV/AIDS-focused projects includes: improving community care and support services for individuals and families living with HIV; offering HIV testing and counseling to allow people to begin treatment and take steps to live positively; allowing future generations to be born free of HIV through programs that prevent the spread of the virus from mothers to their unborn babies. ... Our funding of organizational strengthening (capacity building) includes: facilitating transparent, partner-driven assessments of critical areas of operation, and supporting the development and implementation of improvement plans;
providing technical assistance to create the greatest impact of water and HIV projects for generations to come; hosting summits where our partners can learn from each other and build relationships
I support Blood:Water because they are an organization that doesn't seek to provide band-aid solutions to big problems by outsiders. They work directly with members from the communities they serve, a.k.a partners, that have a grasp on the needs of the people they're trying to impact. Partners are trained and given the funding/tools they need to be able to make their vision for their community a reality. Ownership and empowerment of the people is what sustains the programs created. I believe this is a powerful model that more organizations should model after. This organization has taught me that Africa already has the heroes it needs living among them. Blood:Water Mission just walks alongside them. I'm a community builder and donate monthly because I want to be part of the story that empowers heroes to realize their full potential, even if my part in it, is that of an outsider looking in.
This is an amazing organization that brings clean water and HIV/AIDS support to communities around the world. A few years ago, I did a read-a-thon and was able to donate more than $5000 to the organization. The staff that I worked with during my read-a-thon was superb, and reinforced to me that they are doing great work.