Border AIDS Partnership Awards $50K in Grants to Regional HIV/AIDS Organizations.

Three organizations from Ciudad Juárez and the Greater El Paso area will be the recipients of $50,000 in grants from the Border AIDS Partnership (BAP), a non-profit organization.

Border AIDS Partnership is a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that provides funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Texas; Southern New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

The organizations receiving funding this year are:

Programa Compañeros of Ciudad Juárez –  Three initiatives from this organization have been granted in accordance with BAP’s mission.

 From Woman to Woman: A peer-led program targeting women with multiple sex partners.

 Outreach to Young Homosexuals: Targets the gay youth at popular gathering places such as bars, clubs, spas, aesthetics and gay bonding zones.

 Case Browsers Health: Targets People living with HIV and aims to provide patient navigation services, peer counseling, social work and psychological help.

Centro Caritativo of Ciudad Juárez – Two initiatives from this organization have been granted. Centro Caritativo renders support to the most vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS since 2001.

 Fighting the Vulnerability of Persons Living with AIDS: Provides housing services, adequate nutrition, medication adherence monitoring, medical and nursing services and psychological support.

 PREVENARTE: A prevention and awareness project using mural arts and graffiti to reach 20 neighborhoods in Ciudad Juárez though 40 art projects and public participation, including information modules and various art contests.

University Medical Center Women’s Health Center 

 Teen Advisory Board (TAB) CARES: Provides peer education training to students and leaders, 12-18 years of age, who then present in classrooms throughout the city to spread the message of prevention and education about HIV AIDS.

The Border AIDS Partnership started as a project El Paso Community Foundation in 1994 and in January 2007, BAP received its 501c3 letter of determination and continues the critical work of funding community based organizations in our region, as an independent nonprofit.

Since 1996, BAP has distributed, in the form of effective grants, more than $1.8 million to support innovative HIV prevention programs. BAP has established three priorities for funding in accordance of the new White House AIDS initiative: reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with AIDS, and reduce HIV related disparities and health inequities.

The check presentation ceremony will take place at the El Paso Community Foundation Room, located at 333 N. Oregon Street,  on Wednesday, March 1 st at 10 am.