Blood:Water is an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the HIV/AIDS and water crises. They do this by identifying Africa’s hardworking heroes and coming alongside their vision for change. Through technical, financial and organizational support, Blood:Water expands the reach and effectiveness of African civil society organizations and the communities they serve.
Since their launch in 2004, Blood:Water has raised over $22 million through the creative efforts of tens of thousands of individuals seeking to make a difference. Due to their efforts, 819,000 people now have clean water. More than 49,000 patients have been served in HIV-prevalent areas. While access to clean water has increased dramatically in the last decade and some places are seeing a reduction in new HIV infections, millions still need safe water and health and support services for HIV.
Blood:Water coordinators know that the solution to providing clean water and ending the AIDS epidemic cannot be conquered in quick, easy, one-time projects. They offer communities multiple approaches to saving lives. Sometimes the best water source is simply beneath a community’s feet. Wells pump safe, clean water for all to use. Biosand filters can also be used as a simple device made of cement and sand that filters out 98% of all water-borne diseases and can be kept in the home. Community groups such as HIV support groups, school health clubs, water committees and counseling groups can also be advocates for change.
So what are individuals dared to do to help Blood:Water? Make your move. Individual contributions are the fuel that allows them to equip African organizations and their communities in fighting the HIV/AIDS and water crises. The organization asks: “Can you grow a killer mustache? Are you the artistic, creative type? Or, do you just love pranking people? Whatever your talents, skills and moves, we want to showcase what you’ve got and make lasting change in the lives of our friends in Africa.”
Your challenge is issued. Come up with a fundraising idea and a set goal. Get the word out, then start making a difference for Blood:Water. You won’t be alone. Christian singer Brandon Heath and new wife, Siebe, decided to help the cause as they celebrated their Nashville wedding. As a gift to their friends and family, the new couple donated a well in the names of their wedding guests via Blood:Water Mission.