THE BUSINESS OF HELPING
The business of the Border AIDS Partnership is helping; and our business is effortful. Our community, profoundly feels the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic because of our unique cross border culture. We feel the effects of a large migrant workforce, frequent cross border traffic with Mexico and New Mexico along with the challenges these bring. Many members of these immigrant communities are fearful of approaching government agencies for assistance, information or services. In some cases this is due to a language barrier, in other it may be because of other concerns. In Ciudad Juárez Mexico, the situation is much more crucial. As the city continues to rebuild its public safety issues, many residents still feel fearful and find themselves without many services. These unique characteristics in our community combine to present a challenge that is best combated with community-based, grassroots type programs that reach individuals with education, wellness techniques, testing and prevention kits at a family and neighborhood level; and that is what we do. The Border AIDS Partnership is only able to help with the support of our donors. With their support we help promote innovative and effective initiatives by providing the needed funding, oversight and support to frontline health and social workers who go out to the fields, to the colonias and to the schools and to make a difference in stopping this epidemic in our multi-state; multi-national community.
- Promote HIV/AIDS education to youth and adults; with an emphasis on supporting programs aimed at educating at-risk populations such as men who have sex with men, individuals in impoverished communities, injection drug users, individuals who engage in sex for money, and individuals who are incarcerated.
- Provide testing for HIV/AIDS
- Provide services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS
- Provide education/services to individuals caring for family members or life-partners living with HIV/AIDS
- For operating budgets
- Travel expenses
- Endowment campaigns
- Political activism programs
Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed, in the form of effective grants, more than $1.9 million dollars to support innovative HIV prevention programs that include:
MUACES – Mujeres Unidas en Acción Contra el SIDA (Women United in Action Against AIDS)- HIV/AIDS/ STD prevention and education for women and their families in Southern New Mexico; and
Grupo de Apoyo H.I.Vida (Outreach to Homosexual Youth) -Peer education and outreach to the young gay population in Juárez, ages 14-35, to promote safe behavior.
Major funders include: El Paso Community Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation, M-A-C AIDS Fund, Hervey Foundation, Stern Foundation, Walter H. Hightower Foundation, Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Hoy Family Auto, Bank of America, and Wilma D. Moleen Foundation.
The Border AIDS Partnership is comprised of committed community volunteers who together raise funds for programs to support individuals affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
In the last five years alone, the Border AIDS Partnership has partnered with 17 community-based projects and programs, providing almost $0.3 million in funding ($300,000 to be exact). In total, BAP funded education, testing, and prevention programming averages an annual reach of more than 25,000 people across the Paso del Norte Region.
Source: Fact Sheet, Jan. 2017