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2015 Annual Report


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2015 Annual Report


 

For Blood:Water, 2015 may be best summarized in these words: “Achieving results while right-sizing for greater impact.” As you review our annual report, we invite you to join us in celebrating the continued results of the WASH and HIV/AIDS programming in Africa, as well as the organizational strengthening activities we’ve facilitated with our partners in Africa.

Lives have been saved through improved access to safe water, sanitation, and education and treatment related to HIV/AIDS. Communities have been strengthened through the leadership of their own community health promoters, WASH committees, and HIV expert patients. These are some of the core indicators we believe will contribute to generational impact and stronger communities.

On behalf of our board, staff, implementation partners, and constituents, thank you for partnering with us to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

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Gratefully,

Aaron Sands
Director of Operations &
Interim Executive Director

 
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2015 Timeline


As we look back over the last year, these are some of the highlights. 

2015 Timeline


As we look back over the last year, these are some of the highlights. 

Save a Drink, Save a Life campaign Donors saved their drinks for communities in southern Rwanda. Today two of those communities have clean water access for the first time. 

 

Wally visited Zambia and Mozambique.

 

Hope in the Dark event The Knoxville event raised more than $100,000 for Ethiopia. HIV-affected families are now receiving basic need assistance, including medical, psychosocial, and spiritual care, as well as gardening training to increase food security.

Vision Trip to Zambia Sally Kuhn, a dedicated online fundraiser, won our Be the Movement competition–a chance to join us on the trip. Her time in Zambia "marked her heart forever," deepening the relationship and partnership felt not just by her, but also the community members who had the opportunity to meet a faithful supporter. 

Co-founder Jena Lee Nardella's memoir, "One Thousand Wells," released Following the release of the book, staff joined Jena on a book tour across the country. 

Farm event with Little Big Town The Nashville event ensured access to clean water for 6,350 people. 

 

Red Tie Gala event Supporters gathered in Nashville to celebrate World AIDS Day and the accomplishments made in the fight against AIDS. The event raised funds to ensure the operation of the Tumaini Medical Center for another year. 

Partner Summit in Nairobi, Kenya Our first summit allowed all of our partners to spend a week learning, sharing, engaging, and building relationships, resulting in an enriched understanding of the different ways we can serve people in communities burdened by HIV/AIDS and a lack of clean water. 

Drill It & Fill It campaign WAY-FM listeners provided a drill rig that will provide clean water access for years to come and 2,941 biosand filters for families in Zambia. 

Kids across the country hosted Lemon:Aid stands and collected change for The Walter Project to make a difference in Africa. 

 

New Life Medical Center maternity ward completed in Uganda Funded by Blood:Water, the maternity ward creates a safe environment for moms to deliver babies, and a place for HIV-positive mothers to receive pre- and postnatal care. 
 

1000:1000 campaign We spent the one thousand hours surrounding the release of "One Thousand Wells" providing clean water to 800 school kids in Kenya. 

Digital data training launched in Zambia This launch was the first step in providing each of our partners with iPads and software to allow for real-time data collection, monitoring, and evaluation to reduce data-entry errors, sync data for easier sharing, and lead to greater impact in the communities. 

Very Jerry Christmas campaign Our generous donors raised money to provide 1,339 families with clean water. 

 

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Water Impact


Water Impact


 
 
 
 
 
 

ETHIOPIA:

514 trained in safe water practices

514 household water purification systems provided

290 received improved access to sanitation

56 learned proper hygiene practices

 

kenya:

1,661 trained in safe water practices

7,850 provided with access to safe water

5,824 received improved access to sanitation through the construction of 1,071 latrines

7,239 learned proper hygiene practices

 

rwanda:

297 trained in safe water practices

3,394 provided with access to safe water through the construction of 4 new water points

243 received improved access to sanitation through the construction of 40 latrines

1,640 learned proper hygiene practices

 

zambia:

425 trained in safe water practices

2,977 gained access to safe water through the provision of 425 household water filtration systems

1,824 received improved access to sanitation through the repair of 80 latrines

49 learned proper hygiene practices

 
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HIV/AIDS Impact


HIV/AIDS Impact


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Fundraiser Features


Take a look into the campaigns of some of our amazing and inspiring fundraisers!

Fundraiser Features


Take a look into the campaigns of some of our amazing and inspiring fundraisers!

Sally has ben running and mobilizing her community with Blood:Water for a while now, and last year she even won our Be the Movement competition–a chance to join us on a vision trip to Zambia. She said the time "marked her heart forever." Now she's back, still running and still inspiring her friends, family, and all of us at Blood:Water.

Sally has ben running and mobilizing her community with Blood:Water for a while now, and last year she even won our Be the Movement competition–a chance to join us on a vision trip to Zambia. She said the time "marked her heart forever." Now she's back, still running and still inspiring her friends, family, and all of us at Blood:Water.

As a freshman at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., Annika hosted the Running Water 5K. She created a logo, website, and t-shirts; recruited volunteers; and lined up lots of local sponsorships to make the day a success. More than 90 people showed up to run and provide clean water to our friends in Africa. 

As a freshman at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., Annika hosted the Running Water 5K. She created a logo, website, and t-shirts; recruited volunteers; and lined up lots of local sponsorships to make the day a success. More than 90 people showed up to run and provide clean water to our friends in Africa. 

Brad set a goal to break the 1,200-mile barrier in 2015 and raise $2.50 for every mile he ran! Fartlek is a type of training run that means "speed play" in Swedish. Since Brad planned to reach his 1,200 miles at various speeds over various terrains, he was fartleking for Africa, sharing the work of Blood:Water with his network along the way.

Brad set a goal to break the 1,200-mile barrier in 2015 and raise $2.50 for every mile he ran! Fartlek is a type of training run that means "speed play" in Swedish. Since Brad planned to reach his 1,200 miles at various speeds over various terrains, he was fartleking for Africa, sharing the work of Blood:Water with his network along the way.

Hope Lutheran Church selected The Walter Project as a way to introduce kids attending their Vacation Bible School to their mission to "share the hope of Jesus with a world in need of hope." Over the course of three weeks, 1,706 kids from Greece, NY, learned about the water crisis in Africa and were so eager to help! 

Hope Lutheran Church selected The Walter Project as a way to introduce kids attending their Vacation Bible School to their mission to "share the hope of Jesus with a world in need of hope." Over the course of three weeks, 1,706 kids from Greece, NY, learned about the water crisis in Africa and were so eager to help! 

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Financial Update


Financial Update


Even as we continued strong programmatic work in 2015, we initiated some critical decisions internally toward "right-sizing for greater impact." Blood:Water faced and persevered through a significant amount of organizational change in 2015. Since 2012, we had undertaken strategic growth with a view toward increasing our programmatic funding and capacity. While we experienced significant income growth in 2013 and 2014, the related expense growth was unsustainable. 

Therefore, in early 2015, we initiated some drastic changes in order to best steward donor dollars for the future. This included:

  • Significant changes in leadership and personnel representing a 25 to 30 percent decrease in HR/personnel expenses; 

  • Aligning the organization more closely to our mission in order to create deeper and more defined impact;

  • Restructuring the organization to execute these refined strategies and plans; and

  • Developing new constituencies and relaunching certain programmatic elements. 

As of May 2016, we are experiencing benefits from these right-sizing steps, and are more strongly positioned to deliver on our mission for years to come. Please contact us if you have any questions or desire for additional information.

We also recommend visiting our Guidestar page to learn more. 

 
 
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Shorten the Walk in 2016


Shorten the Walk in 2016


Even as we celebrate the communities that received clean water in 2015 because of the generosity of our donors, we recognize that the water crisis rages on. We acknowledge that the urgency behind our work to provide clean water is real, and we once again commit ourselves to standing with our partners and the members of the communities where they are working to continue on the path toward health and life, hope and dignity.

Because of that, we are so excited to launch into new work in Mozambique this year! We are also encouraged by the work our partners are continuing to do in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, because their commitment and your partnership are bringing change and hope to communities like Alfred's:

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Working Toward Zero in 2016


Working Toward Zero in 2016


As we work to shorten the walk to clean water for our friends in Africa, we are also continuing to work toward zero AIDS-related deaths, zero new HIV infections, and zero discrimination through our Project Zero initiative. 

We believe that we will see the end of the HIV/AIDS crisis in our lifetime, and we know that to get there we must remember that we are not just fighting a virus, but shame and stigma as well. So much of the battle against HIV happens in clinics and hospitals, but true transformation happens when the whole person is addressed. 

A beautiful example of this is the work happening at the Tumaini Medical Center in Isiolo, Kenya, where our partners are helping to transform the community and end stigma one person at a time.

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Blood:Water Partners


Blood:Water Partners


Ethiopia ACT

Supporting families in Suki, Ethiopia, that are infected and affected by HIV through medical, psychosocial, economic, and educational programs.

 

Food for the Hungry - Kenya

Providing medical services for the HIV-positive populations of target communities in Marsabit County, Kenya, alongside water, sanitation, and hygiene services. 

 

Food for the Hungry - Uganda

Providing high-quality, family-oriented, integrated care and medical services for the HIV-positive population of Kitgum, Uganda. 

 

Lwala Community Alliance

Delivering improved health and well-being through multi-dimensional services for the HIV-affected community in North Kamagambo, Kenya. 

 

MOUCECORE

Partnering with local communities to provide clean water, and promote improved sanitation and hygiene practices in the Nyamagabe District of southern Rwanda.

 

Seeds of Hope International Partnerships

Bringing clean water and HIV/AIDS support across rural and peri-urban areas of Ndola, Zambia.