November 20, 2015
The Women Helping Women campaign began in Norway in 2009 when a group of Norwegian women came together to fund a clean water system for the community of Swari in the northern Samburu District of Kenya. In 2010, Voss Foundation held the first Women Helping Women New York luncheon, which raised funds for the first well at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with our partner Malaika. Through annual fundraising events in Oslo, Boston, the Hamptons, New York City, and San Francisco, Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women campaign has already raised over $650,000 to fund 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Swaziland.
Voss Foundation’s dedicated 2015 Women Helping Women project, will fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for 5 new homes at the Good Future and Hope (GF&H) orphanage in Nakisunga, Uganda, allowing GF&H to provide safe accommodation to an additional 40 street children and orphans.
Good Future and Hope (GF&H) supports street children and orphans through the provision of safe, long-term accommodation, sufficient food, basic medical care, and education in Uganda and Myanmar.
In June 2014, Voss Foundation partnered with GF&H to implement our first project funded by our Give a Drop campaign, a borehole connected to a solar-powered water system that provides water to the orphanage homes and the local community. Since then, we have partnered with GF&H to fund an additional three projects, including a second borehole and 28 sanitation facilities, to comprehensively address the water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of the GF&H orphanage and their new primary school thanks to the generosity of Lene Maria for Rent Vann’s memorial campaign, Kim and Tenny Field’s personal giving campaign, and Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Virgin Unite, our Give A Drop partners.
Voss Foundation’s projects are essential to the operation of both the GF&H orphanage and primary school. The borehole and solar water system provided water, the first raw material in construction, on-site through the construction of the school and will provide water for the construction of additional homes at the orphanage. The sanitation facilities at the school ensure the students and staff have access to water and sanitation facilities on-premise, enables them to attract and maintain high-quality teachers and students. In addition, with clean water on-premise, there is be no need for the students to travel to collect water, allowing them spend more time learning each day, and minimizing the number of sick days. Finally, the housemothers at the orphanage and in the dormitories are members of the community, and the construction team includes members of the local community, which contributes to overall the economic development of the area.
100% of funds raised through our 2015 Women Helping Women events are restricted to this project until it is fully funded.
Read the 2015 project description to learn more about this year’s dedicated Women Helping Women water, sanitation, and hygiene project with GF&H.