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COVID and HIV: An Update From The Global Community

Nadia Kist, Blood:Water’s Director of Africa Programs, recently attended the global AIDS conference where she learned that HIV and COVID-19 have an even greater overlap than previously expected. For starters, the fact that so many people require immediate attention adds a large burden to health systems around the globe, many of which are not even equipped for their existing needs. Coronavirus has presented a situation none of us expected or know what to expect from, so we are still learning how it will impact greater issues that were already being faced.

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Fundraiser Feature: The Holland, MI Group

Our friends up north in Holland, Michigan have been doing incredible work fundraising to support the life-changing work of our partners in Africa. We wish we could highlight every single one of them, but for now, here are a few examples of how they’ve gotten their whole community involved!

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Touching Bottom

“I remember days as a young boy, swimming in the ocean off the coast of southern Maine. The exhilaration of that first step beyond the hard sand. I would stand on the soft ocean sand looking toward the shore, and let the din of body surfers, sand castle builders and even the sound of small transistor radios on the blankets of sunbathers all become a muted echo. When I was younger, I loved to sway back and forth as the gentle current caressed my scrawny little body. It was a sanctuary… until it wasn’t.”

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Take a Moment to Reflect

“When I Consider How My Light Is Spent”

By John Milton

When I consider how my light is spent,

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one talent which is death to hide

Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest he returning chide;

“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”

I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent

That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.

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Stand Together And Overcome – LCA Partner Update

LCA is placing WASH at the center of their efforts, emphasizing the importance that every household has access to a tippy tap, soap, and water. They are in the process of creating a workflow with support groups to produce their own soap to make sure they have a 3 month supply in addition to homemade respirators. They are also trying to implement hand-washing stations in all facilities, local markets, and community centers.

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On The Frontlines In Uganda, Our Partner Is Taking Action

While COVID-19 still presents a serious threat to them and the people they serve, our partners have been proactively fighting to contain the disease in their corners of the world. And we are excited to highlight the efforts of one such partner to show you how, despite all of our current challenges, we can still band together to help. Partners for Community Transformation (PaCT) has been one of Uganda’s leaders in health for some time now, and they are going above and beyond to proactively address this new pandemic.

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