Blood:Water Mission is a nonprofit organization that focuses on addressing the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa. Their approach is to partner with Africa’s hidden heroes and come alongside their vision for change by providing technical, financial and organizational support. By partnering with local African organizations, Blood:Water is able to foster the sustainability of water and HIV/AIDS projects, ensuring that every cent of donor funding goes toward building long-term solutions.

The Village Chapel (TVC) has supported Blood:Water faithfully since 2005, one year after the nonprofit’s launch. Because of the generosity of our congregation, TVC has contributed more than $47,000 toward improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene training, as well as reducing the burden of HIV in African communities!

A great example of the work TVC has supported is in Uganda, where Blood:Water’s local partner has recently reached and served over 9,700 individuals in water, sanitation and hygiene projects. This local partner, Partners for Community Transformation (PaCT), focuses on the Mityana district of Uganda, where roughly 88 percent of the population does not have access to clean water. PaCT significantly increases the long-term sustainability of their water projects by training community members in water supply maintenance as well as proper hygiene habits. PaCT’s methods ensure that the number of community members in Mityana with waterborne illnesses will continue to decrease for years to come.

How can you personally help? Make a stand, literally, for clean water in Africa. A Lemon:Aid stand is the perfect way for your kids to have fun while making a difference. By selling lemonade and donating the money they earn, your kids will not only quench the thirst of someone in their neighborhood but also the thirst of kids halfway around the world in Africa. Get started at bloodwater.org/lemonaid and receive a kit with instructions, a banner, stickers and more.

You are the fuel to help end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Blood:Water’s Be The Movement campaign gives you the opportunity to use your own ideas to make a difference. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Go to bloodwater.org/makemymove to get involved. For more information, contact Mindy at [email protected].