I invite you to read our annual report knowing that, as an organization, we honor and respect the stories of the people we serve because of the generosity of our donors, and always knowing that the work we do matters.
On behalf of the board of directors, we thank you for your continued support. More importantly, we invite you to continue partnering with us as we strive to eliminate the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
Chairman, Board of Directors
Take a look at some of our key moments from 2016.
Three kiosks completed in northern Kenya The new water kiosks are distributing water to different points in the community to provide more comprehensive coverage
Save a Drink, Save a Life campaign Our awesome fundraisers saved their drinks to bring clean water to our friends in Africa
World Water Day celebration Guests joined us in Nashville for a day of music, artistry, and community to recognize the good work done and that which remains to provide clean water worldwide
Wally traveled to Rwanda Wally visited communities and met people who would benefit from the School Bells & Water Wells event the following week on The Wally Show on WAY-FM
School Bells & Water Wells event WAY-FM listeners raised funds to provide more than 27 schools in Africa with clean water
Kids made a difference Across the country, kids hosted Lemon:Aid stands and collected change for The Walter Project to bring clean water to kids in Africa
Stan Doerr welcomed as new executive director With 30 years of international experience, Stan is ushering in exciting initiatives to streamline operations and maximize the incredible work happening in Africa
Annual Partner Summit in Nairobi, Kenya Representatives from each of our partners gathered for a week of collaborative learning, sharing, engaging, and relationship building
Back to School campaign Donors sent 400 kids in Ethiopia back to school with the uniforms and supplies they need to be set up for a school year of success
Rich Hoops rejoined our board of directors Having served on the board from 2007-2014, Rich returns with private and public sector experience, as well as historical knowledge of the organization
Vision Trip to Zambia Five donors traveled to see our work firsthand, where one says her mindset about how to best love her neighbors was "forever changed, for the better"
40 is Everything campaign Last Christmas, donors raised money to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene for more than 2,300 people
Learn about the incredible partners we worked with in 2016 to impact their local communities.
Supporting families in Suki, Ethiopia, that are infected and affected by HIV through medical, psychosocial, economic, and educational programs.
Providing medical services for the HIV-positive populations of target communities in Marsabit County, Kenya, alongside water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
Providing high-quality, family-oriented, integrated care and medical services for the HIV-positive population of Kitgum, Uganda.
Delivering improved health and well-being through multi-dimensional services for the HIV-affected community in North Kamagambo, Kenya.
Partnering with local communities to provide clean water, and promote improved sanitation and hygiene practices in the Nyamagabe District of southern Rwanda.
Providing holistic HIV/AIDS care through clinical and comprehensive community-based psychosocial services in Malawi.
4 water points repaired
16,681 provided with access to safe water
13,949 learned proper hygiene practices
4,300 received improved access to sanitation
329 latrines constructed
46 water points repaired
2,808 provided with access to safe water
8,437 learned proper hygiene practices
8,437 received improved access to sanitation
611 latrines constructed
4 new water points constructed
4,098 provided with access to safe water
5,081 learned proper hygiene practices
292 received improved access to sanitation
51 latrines constructed
Take a look into the campaigns of some of our amazing and inspiring fundraisers!
Isabel wanted her 18th birthday to be special – but not just for her. So, she asked friends and family to donate what they could to help her raise $350 so that people in Africa could have clean water and HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Isabel got her birthday wish, and raised more than $400!
Megan and James have been blessed in life and love. When they got married last year, they knew the greatest gifts they would receive were the continued friendship and presence of loved ones at their wedding. So in lieu of traditional gifts, they asked guests to share the love with our friends in Africa!
Kate has a big dream to change the world, and she already has! Last summer, she made a stand – a Lemon:Aid stand – for clean water. She made signs, plenty of lemonade, and even a super cute video to help spread the word about her Lemon:Aid stand. The result? More than $1,200 raised!
The children's ministry at Gilead Baptist Church completed The Walter Project during their Vacation Bible School last summer. Together, they collected VBS offerings and even hosted a Lemon:Aid stand at a community yard sale to raise more than $3,000 to help make sure kids in Africa could have clean water!
Together, we celebrate the major progress Blood:Water has made in 2016. We have made significant changes to become a stronger and healthier organization, allowing us to more effectively serve our African partners.
Adjustments that were made in 2016 were necessary and have prepared Blood:Water to more effectively engage our partners in 2017 and beyond. We will not only be able to begin work with new African partners, but to strengthen all of our partners and help them become more effective community leaders.
In addition to seeing our programmatic expenditures grow from the 50 percent range to over 78 percent, we are seeing growth from $1.5 million to $2.1 million being spent in support of our amazing grassroots partners in Africa.
None of this could have been possible without the strong and faithful support of our donors. As you hear the stories of what is happening in Africa, know that these are your stories. You are providing water for communities, you are making community support groups possible for those living with HIV/AIDS, and you are making it possible for girls to stay in school through better sanitation facilities at schools.
Thank you for making all that Blood:Water does possible.
IMPACTING COMMUNITIES WITH CLEAN WATER
In a desert, water is very essential, and impacts nearly every aspect of life for the people living there. That's why, in 2016, we worked with one of our local partners in northern Kenya to support them in their effort to install three water kiosks to better serve the community. Learn more about the impact these water kiosks are making in this video:
We celebrate the success this project is having today! But this is just one of the many stories your gifts made possible last year, and we are so excited about the work our partners in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda are continuing to do.
PROVIDING HOPE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
As we partner with organizations working to provide communities with clean water, we also continue to come alongside partners that act as the bridge between despair and hope for HIV-positive people. One way they do this is by implementing support groups that help reduce the fear and stigma associated with living with HIV. See the impact these support groups make in this video:
Seeing the transformation these groups make is inspiring. It's what keeps us (and our partners) going in this work, and we are honored to be a part of all they are planning to do throughout 2017 and into the future.