June 1, 2011
We are happy to announce our 2011 Women Helping Women Honoree, Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa! FACE Africa will be our partner on the ground in Liberia for the 2011 Women Helping Women water project, and Saran will be honored at our upcoming Women Helping Women events in Boston and New York.
Saran was born in Liberia but left in 1989 at the young age of eight, shortly before the country’s civil war began. The daughter of a career diplomat, she spent her formative years living in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France and Cyprus before making her way to the United States in 1999 to attend college. Saran served as Fellowship Program Coordinator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and later spent 5 years working with the Singapore Government Economic Development Board’s investment arm in Boston. In 2000, she was the youngest member of the Massachusetts Delegation to the National Summit on Africa, a nation wide effort aimed at educating the American public about Africa and about US -Africa relations and developing a policy plan of action to guide U.S. relations with the countries and peoples of Africa. She served on the Advisory Board of the Boston Pan African Forum and is a Board Member of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations, a coalition of organizations and individuals working in the New England area to demonstrate the relevance of the United Nations and to advocate for the US government to take a positive leadership role in achieving the goals of the UN Charter.
In 2005, Saran began personally funding the education of a young boy in Liberia. With her support, the boy graduated from high school and matriculated at the University of Liberia. The impact of her relatively small contributions motivated Saran to increase her philanthropic efforts in Liberia by launching FACE Africa in 2008.
FACE Africa is an organization that works to identify and fund sustainable programs that provide access to clean drinking water to communities in Liberia, where three out of four people have no access to safe drinking water. FACE Africa collaborates with local partners to implement various water solutions, such as drilling wells, training water and sanitation committees, and building communal latrines. Since its inception, the organization has completed two clean water and sanitation projects and impacted about 900 individuals. This year, the Voss Foundation is excited to work with Saran and FACE Africa on an upcoming water project in Liberia.
As the 2011 Women Helping Women honoree, Saran will speak at Women Helping Women Boston on June 9, and at the Women Helping Women New York Luncheon in November. Last year, the Voss Foundation honored Noëlla Coursaris for her efforts to empower young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and partnered with her organization, Georges Malaika Foundation on projects in the D.R.C.
The Voss Foundation looks forward to introducing you to Saran at the upcoming Women Helping Women event in Boston. We hope to see you there!