Blood:Water is an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the water and HIV/AIDS crises. We do this by identifying Africa’s hidden heroes and coming alongside their vision for change. We provide technical, financial, and organizational support so that African civil society organizations have expanded reach and effectiveness in the communities they serve.
From our experience there is a lack of local, long term solutions to the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa. Our solution is to invest in scalable, African-led organizations and support their capacity building so that the investment will be leveraged for years to come. We believe that local African organizations are the true drivers of social change, and best positioned to ensure sustainability long after we have exited. These organizations are often overlooked and under-resourced, creating organizational and programmatic challenges that inhibit their success in communities. We recognize an inherent link between partner performance and community impact, so we fund community water and HIV/AIDS projects while building up local African-led organizations through our capacity building program. Lasting change is not achieved through quick fixes, and for this reason we engage in multi-year relationships with our partners. The target population is Eastern and Southern Africa, and particularly communities heavily affected by HIV/AIDS.