A Special Message from Leon: A Red Tie Gala Update

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 by Erin Todd
Last year, we were honored to have Leon Mbae, from the Tumaini Medical Center in Isiolo, Kenya, join us for the Red Tie Gala. Leon and the staff at Tumaini Medical Center help transform their community and end HIV/AIDS stigma one person at a time. While much of the battle against HIV happens in clinics […]

Addressing Water Shortage in a Desert Community

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 by Erin Todd
Bubisa means “windy place.” It is a harsh, desert environment in northern Kenya, where scarce resources like water are critical for survival for the people and their livestock, upon which they depend. In 1954, a borehole was installed in the community, and the population of both people and livestock has been consistently on the rise […]

A Week of Collaborative Learning

Posted on Oct 07, 2016 by Erin Todd
In August, we gathered representatives from each of our partner organizations in Nairobi, Kenya, for a week of collaborative learning, sharing, engaging, and relationship building. This was our second annual Partner Summit, designed to create opportunities for our partners to share ideas, experiences, and victories. Hear directly from our partners about what this time meant […]

Pilgrimage Music Festival: A Gateway to Our Mission

Posted on Oct 04, 2016 by Erin Todd
Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to represent Blood:Water at the annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn., alongside Dan Haseltine, Blood:Water co-founder and artist relations, and our engagement intern, Amanda Wojcinski! Though we were lucky enough to have our booth in full shade all day, I think we got a very […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 4

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Jena’s sense of defeat continues as she faces more brokenness in the world, and she starts to question if justice is really worth fighting for. As she begins to look for a way to step out of Blood:Water, thinking she can no longer fight against the intense brokenness of this world, her husband, James, […]

Looking Back on Summer FUNdraising

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Yesterday was the first day of fall! As we move into a new season, we want to honor the epic summer fundraisers that supported Blood:Water with their hard work and creativity. We were blown away by all the Lemon:Aid fundraisers who participated this summer, and it’s impossible to highlight all the great work they did! […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 3

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Upon attending the funeral of a college friend in Lwala, Kenya, Jena learns about the practice of ignoring grief due to the high frequency of death in the community. She also witnesses extreme cultural differences when she spends time with women in the village–including the women’s lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, the abuse the […]

Don’t Miss Pilgrimage Pairings Next Weekend!

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 by Dan Haseltine
Get ready for one of the greatest nights of music you will ever experience! John Paul White, known for his deep-rooted, shadowed Americana that served as the backbone of the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy Award-winning duo, The Civil Wars, will play a haunting set of live music alongside the harmonious and ever-talented pair, The Secret Sisters, […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 2

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary After touring with Jars of Clay for a while, Jena Lee Nardella flew to Kenya with Joel, a Blood:Water volunteer to investigate possible partners for Blood:Water and strategize for the 1000 Wells Project. While in Kenya, Jena and Joel learned the importance of doing work with the poor community, not for them; that it […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 1

Posted on Sep 06, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Summary In the first section of “One Thousand Wells,” we begin to understand Jena’s sheltered childhood and what evolved from her early life in the Bay Area and Colorado. Her first experience with poverty marked her life forever, and it was not experienced in Africa. Instead, it was something most see daily in Union Square–a […]

Will the Real Dan Haseltine Please Stand Up?

Posted on Sep 02, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
You’ve now met our entire staff (Aaron, Jake, Barak, Nadia, Katy, Erin, Blake, Audrey, Lindsey, and our recent most addition, Stan!)… except for one very important member. You know him as the talented lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band, Jars of Clay. We know him as a co-founder of Blood:Water and an artist relations […]

Meet Our New Vision & Call Interns!

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
We are thrilled to introduce you to the two new interns joining us for the inaugural year of our Vision & Call internship program. For the next nine months, Amanda Wojcinski and Faith Donels will be assisting both the engagement and marketing departments, and having a lot of fun along the way. Who run the […]

Blood:Water Welcomes New Executive Director, Stan Doerr

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 by Erin Todd
We are excited to announce that Stan Doerr has joined the Blood:Water family as our new Executive Director. Toward the end of 2015, we initiated a thorough search process with a team including board and staff, and as we narrowed our focus this summer, Stan was the unanimous pick. He stood above the rest for […]

Travel with Us to Zambia this Fall

Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Are you interested in traveling to Africa with Blood:Water? This fall, we are taking a Vision Trip to Ndola, Zambia, and we would love for you to join us to see what is happening because of your faithful support! While in Ndola, we will visit our local African partner, Seeds of Hope International Partnerships, to […]

Ready for the Next Dance

Posted on Aug 05, 2016 by Erin Todd
Our second annual Partner Summit wrapped up today in Nairobi. Throughout the week, we focused on ways to be adaptable in response to the ever-changing environments of dynamic organizations. Our theme was an African proverb: When the music changes so does the dance. In staying with this theme, each of our partners presented Wednesday on […]

When the Music Changes

Posted on Aug 02, 2016 by Erin Todd
Yesterday marked the kickoff of our second annual Partner Summit! Representatives from our partners working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, and our two newest partners from Malawi and Mozambique have gathered in Nairobi for a week of collaborative learning. When the Partner Summit launched last year, it was dream come true for Blood:Water. […]

The Difference You’ve Made for Dominah

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
It’s hard to imagine life without water. It’s intertwined with our existence every single day. Dominah and her children’s lives were changed forever when they received access to clean water for the first time, but no one deserves the long wait and endless worry she and so many others experienced before having access.   After […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “The Poisonwood Bible,” Section 7

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary In Book Five: Exodus and Book Six: Song of the Three Children, we can see how differently the Price sisters have all chosen to see their pasts and move forward, and how their philosophies have been shaped over time. Adah studies viruses and has made important discoveries related to Ebola and AIDS. Along the […]

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