Erastus Ochieng was a school teacher in Lwala, Kenya with a dream of building a local health clinic. Knowing personally how important HIV treatment was, he wanted others to receive this life-saving care before it was too late. Erastus passed away before the clinic was built. But his two sons knew that hey needed to continue fighting for their father’s vision.
A lot of organizations want to help communities in need, but what does it mean to empower a community for sustainable progress? In this article, we’re laying out four key characteristics that define an empowered community. We’ll also talk about how Blood:Water works to provide grassroots organizations with more tools to give people what they need to take hold of all the ways they can improve their families’ lives.
2020 tested and tried us all in ways we couldn’t have imagined. And while most of the world was experiencing a global health crisis for the first time, our partners were not. The reality is that they spend most of their days addressing the world’s greatest health challenges experienced from lack of clean water or the effects of HIV/AIDS. When the time came for them to rise to this new challenge, there was no wavering, only action. And from what we have seen, their efforts are working.
Veronica Allan lives in Chifenthe, close enough to the new ECD center to fully feel the effects of its resources. There she can access the new VIP latrine where her fellow students, teachers, and caregivers can access a safe sanitation facility.
As the United States wakes up from a contentious election, I’m reflecting on what I am being asked to do on this day.
we want our partners to be strong enough financially, technically, and internally, to continue the work long after their partnership with Blood:Water concludes. So, our OS program aims to provide insight, support, and resources so that organizations can strengthen their efficacy, longevity and health based on how they report they can be best served.
Much like the fear and distrust we are experiencing related to COVID-19, without a firm grasp on how a disease or virus spreads, people began to theorize and build hypotheses, most of them quite outside the realm of scientific or data-driven realities.
Keeping track of things like distance, family members in a household, and how long someone may have to wait in line, paints a clearer picture of the sustainable, transformative work that is being done.