January 9, 2015
Drilling is underway on the first of the two boreholes co-funded by Voss Foundation’s 2014 Women Helping Women campaign and Give A Drop, Voss Foundation’s partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite to address the worldwide water problem, and GAD’s second project with GF&H.
Noella Coursaris Musunka, Founder and CEO of the Georges Malaika Foundation, and Voss Foundation’s 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, celebrated the holidays in Kalebuka at the GMF School for Girls with her family and the students and their families. This week she meet with the drilling team and watched, with the community, as drilling got underway on the wells. See some of the photos taken on the first day of drilling above.
The community of Kalebuka has grown since Voss Foundation and GMF drilled our first two boreholes in 2009 and 2010. GMF determined that the original two boreholes no longer provided enough water for all the residents so Voss Foundation decided to fund two more boreholes in areas of Kalebuka that lack access to a clean, safe water supply as our dedicated 2014 Women Helping Women project. Jewel generously decided to support the campaign as well, through her Project Clean Water.
Once drilling is complete, the boreholes will be outfitted with manual hand pumps. The community, including the families of the GMF students, will also be trained on sanitation and hygiene, basic maintenance and financial management of the boreholes.
Thank you everyone who supported the 2014 Women Helping Women campaign and our Give A Drop partners. We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.