September 19, 2014
In July, Voss Foundation and Good Future and Hope (GF&H), our newest implementing partner, began construction on our first project, a solar-powered water system for their Ugandan orphanage and the community of Nakisunga funded by our Give A Drop partnership.
Now, one of Voss Foundation’s Board members, Robert (Tenny) Field, is launching his own fundraising campaign to fund a second project with GF&H. Tenny’s goal is to raise nearly $32,000 to fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for the student dormitories and teachers’ accommodations for GF&H’s new primary school that will open in February of 2015, and to send National Geographic Traveler of the Year, photographer, and author, Alison Wright to document the project. Tenny will launch his fundraising campaign with a private event this Fall.
GF&H broke ground on the foundation for their primary school in August, with plans for the construction of 7 classrooms and the academic facilities. The budget for Tenny’s project will cover the construction of a water tower for the teachers’ homes and dormitories, networking the water source to the water tower, laying the pipeline from the water tower to the homes and dormitories, and construction of a septic tank and soak pit.
The dormitories and teacher accommodations are circled in blue in the architectural plan for GF&H.
Tenny’s water and sanitation infrastructure project for the student dormitories and teacher’s accommodations will have incalculable benefits for education, health, and gender equity. Globally, the WHO estimates that investment in clean water yields an additional 272 million school attendance days per year by reducing the amount of time school-age children spend collecting water and are absent due to illness. Access to sanitation facilities at schools also has a positive impact on female attendance and retention; reducing the number of school-age girls who either skip school during menstruation or drop out entirely because of lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities.
This project will ensure students and staff have access to water and sanitation facilities once the school opens. Having running water, showers, and flush toilets, something that not all schools have, will enable GF&H to attract and maintain high-quality teachers. In addition, with clean water on-premise, there will be no need for the students to travel to collect clean water when not in school, allowing them spend more time on chores, homework, or play. The water and sanitation infrastructure will also help minimize the number of sick days.
Tenny’s upcoming event is a great example of a personal giving campaign, one of the many innovative ways Voss Foundation supporters mobilize friends and family to help communities in Sub-Saharan Africa change their own lives with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
To learn more about the project, and to see the budget, please click on the project description below. To support the project, click the button below.