Global Sustaining Partnerships

A 501(c)(3) Organization, Established in 2010

Since 2010, the mission of Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP) has focused on providing access to clean and safe drinking water to improve the lives and health of children and families and to empower women in breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries.

In 2020, GSP pivoted and redirected our efforts to the US, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We prioritize the need for solutions to address the wide range of inequities, prevalent in African American and African Diaspora communities, including the traumatic impact and despair resulting from impact Covid 19, the economic downturn and the heightened racial injustice.

Please click the button above to donate to the Barbie Bruce Memorial Fund for the water filters in Tanzania.

In Memoriam Barbie Bruce

Barbie to her family and closest friends, was a lover of life. More than anything she loved being at the beach. She cherished the days spent at the family cottage on Lake Michigan and the several trips she made to Florida. Barb excelled at athletics as a young person, going to state competitions in both gymnastics and diving. At East Grand Rapids High School she was a popular cheerleader and a loyal friend. She studied at Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University where she began a lifelong practice of writing poetry. She loved word games, music and playing her harmonica. Barb faced a lot of challenges in her adult life. Her abiding faith in God led her through hard times with resilience, an optimistic attitude and a sense of humor. These qualities helped her face the terminal diagnosis that ended her life sooner than anyone expected. Her family is grateful for the many friends of Barb’s who shared their love with her during those final weeks and the support of the stellar team at Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care. A special thank you goes out to cousin, Sarah (Hawley) Crews for sharing her amazing gifts of caregiving, comfort, humor and music during Barb’s final days. Barb was preceded in death by her beloved mother, her father, and her brother Steven J Bruce. She is survived by her sisters, Susie Gordon and Laurie Reminga, their adult children, and five grand nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to Global Sustainable Partnerships, a non-profit organization founded by Barb’s close friend, Kimberly Fogg.

Health Initiatives

CareFirst Grant supports Soul Synergy: Severing Ties With Generational Diabetes

GSP deploys community driven, cultural, and evidence-based diabetes self-management programs to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and creates a culture of wellness for 200 African American women residing in Wards 7 & 8 in Washington, DC and Maryland. Our monthly primer programs and our year-long CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) are designed to address Diabetes and promotes wellness against diabetes by raising awareness, expanding public engagement, and changing attitudes and behaviors (e.g., education, nutrition/healthier eating, yoga, increased physical activity, stress management, mental clarity). We have powerful testimonials on video about the impact our program has had on their journey to living a healthier and more active lifestyle! We take a wholistic approach to achieve health equity, so that everyone can obtain their full health potential. Our belief is that no one should be prevented from achieving optimal health because of their social position or circumstance. To assess the impact of Soul Synergy, we conducted pre/post surveys designed to assess participants’ current level of knowledge about diabetes, healthy eating, exercise and stress management, as well as behavioral changes associated with these topics. We found that 75 % of participants showed an overall improvement in the knowledge of diabetes and 82% of participants showed behavioral changes related to diabetes prevention and improved diabetes management.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Grant supports Advancing Equitable Health to Reduce Diabetes

Our diabetes program recruited over three hundred and eighty African American women in Wards 7 & 8 in Washington, DC, two hundred twelve women completed our program, and one hundred and six participants received vaccinations. Our diabetes program success was built on community buy-in and trust — A “win-win” for CareFirst and GSP. Our motto is “Wellness is a Journey Not a Destination.” New cohort starts May 2022.

Mental Health First Aid

GSP is offering Mental Health First Aid for professionals like you and other professionals such as Healthcare Providers/staff, Community Based Organizations, Human Service Providers, school staff and administrators (including teachers, coaches, principals, etc.), social workers, behavioral health coordinators, and more. We aim to improve awareness on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses, and connect someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis with a professional healthcare provider.

It Takes A Village COVID-19 Outreach

GSP is leading integrated, multicultural, competent COVID vaccination, and education and outreach events to provide access to the vaccine and debunk misinformation about the vaccine, adult boosters, and pediatric vaccines, and the importance of getting the vaccine(s), (for example, it is vetted, safe, and accessible). In order to overcome the problematic history of unethical health practices in the African American communities, we intentionally educate the community that an African American woman, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD., is among the National Institute of Health (NIH) scientists who worked directly to develop and produce the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. 

Hot off the press!  Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP), in partnerships with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) and the Black Physicians and Healthcare Network (BPHN) created PSAs/videos, which display how to use in-home COVID Test kits.  These videos have been developed in the following languages, English, Amharic, Tigrigna, French, and Kiswahili to meet the needs of our Black residents across the Diaspora.  We are getting the word out about the great work that BPHN is doing in our communities to assist Black Montgomery County residents with gaining access to healthcare services with Black Physicians, Health Care Practitioners (e.g., dental, primary care, pediatricians, OBGYN, etc.) and Mental Health Practitioners – a game-changer for our communities.  Please share with your social media platforms, colleagues, friends, and family.

Global Initiatives

Through our initiatives, we have created a global network of women leaders who utilize the social impact of their entrepreneurial efforts to reinvest in their communities (e.g., clean water, connectivity, electricity, school fees/uniforms, etc.).  Through a variety of programs, this network acts as a catalyst to create healthier communities, alleviate poverty, and inspire new generations of businesswomen/businessmen.

  • A child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease
  • Dirty water kills more children than AIDS, malaria & measles combined

GSP works at the ground level and has created a sustainable business model that has earned community support. GSP’s novel strategy worked – we ensured that the filters would take firm hold in the schools and GSP has installed more than 900 water filters in primary and secondary schools, households, orphanages, health dispensaries and a district hospital in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

WPEC is composed of global visionaries and female business leaders partnering with entrepreneurs and investors to match opportunities for community development and economic growth. We seek to showcase women utilizing social impact in their entrepreneurial efforts and propelling the current wave of innovation to drive global sustainable development.

Harriet Tubman Legacy Coin

The Spirit of the Harriet Tubman Legacy Coin was created to remember and honor her legacy, to ensure that it is passed down from generation to generation.

Your generous purchase will support our clean water projects for our kids in Tanzania and to help further support educational programs in our American schools that will help keep the spirit and legacy of Harriet Tubman alive.