Blood:Water started when co-founder Dan Haseltine saw that another crisis was making HIV/AIDS even deadlier in African communities. “I was there to learn about HIV/AIDS and all of a sudden this water crisis comes into the picture,” he says. Unsafe and unreliable water sources were at the root of many disease and sanitation issues, but combined with HIV, which weakens immune systems, the risk and death toll skyrocketed. Haseltine knew the huge stigma attached to HIV/AIDS made it difficult to get people involved, but anyone could understand and empathize with the need for clean water. He thought showing people how the two were linked could move people to action. Dan teamed up with Jena Lee Nardella, a passionate young college student to make this vision a reality.
Today, Blood:Water partners with local leaders in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zambia to provide clean water, improve sanitation, and care for people living with HIV.
With only 11 staff members, how has Blood:Water raised $28 million for locally-led programs?