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March 2014 marked the 5-year anniversary of the completion of Voss Foundation’s first clean water project, a solar-powered water system funded by VOSS Water in the community of Latakwen in Samburu, Kenya. From 2008-2009, Milgis Trust, our first and longest-standing partner, worked with the community of Latakwen to dig a well and lay piping to pump water to…

Sketch of the Latakwen solar powered water system. (Not drawn to scale.) The first clean water project Voss Foundation ever built was a solar-powered water system funded by VOSS Water and constructed by Milgis Trust in the community of Latakwen in Samburu, Kenya. Five years after the project was completed, Voss Foundation’s Program Officer, Caitlin Rackish, visited Latakwen on her recent trip, and drew…

Site Overview Local partner: Milgis Trust Project Type: dig a well connected to a solar-powered water system that pipes water to 3 access points; train water watchmen on maintenance and management of the water system Water access points: (1) community standpipe; (2) school; (3) the dispensary Funding source: Voss

We are pleased to report progress being made at our projects in Kenya! See the glowing dispatches from our solar water systems up to four years after implementation, from Helen Douglas-Dufresne, of our local implementing partner Milgis Trust. Update from Latakwen: At Latakwen, the site of our first solar water system in Kenya, Helen reports…

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Update from Latakwen: After expanding the school at Latakwen, site of our first solar water system in Kenya, and following the increase in students due to our water project, the local government has now expanded the hospital with a new maternity wing served by clean water.  Traditionally, Samburu women give birth at home in their…

More than two years after implementation, the Latakwen project is going strong! We have just got some great new updates and have learned that the village continues to grow significantly. For more information, please check out the full report from our partners, Milgis Trust. Thank you so much for your support on our project in…

Due to poor Internet access in Samburuland, we just received two consecutive emails at once from our friends at Milgis, updating us on the preparations to begin in Swari and the continued success of the Latawken project. Stella writes: I’m afraid to report that the Milgis ecosystem and its surrounds is yet to receive a…

A note we received today from Stella Deane, who is with Milgis Trust, our implementing partner in Kenya reads: “We just wanted to write to tell you about the near fatal outbreak of cholera that was brought to an end by the thankful addition of the Latakwen water pump. The disease was spread just the other week…

With the completion of our first project, the Voss Foundation can begin to measure the impact of the work we are doing. Carol Ann Gleason, an affiliate of Illumine Group, the consultancy helping us evaluate our projects, just returned from a visit to Latakwen and filed a very encouraging report. Some excerpts: …[The Voss Foundation…

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