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GF&H Orphanage: Project Description

GF&H Orphanage: Project Description

Construction of a solar powered water system is underway at the Good Future and Hope (GF&H) orphanage in Nakisunga. This is Voss Foundation’s first project with GF&H, and our first project in Uganda. The GF&H orphanage borehole is also the seventh project funded by Give A Drop, Voss Foundation’s partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite to address […]

Georgica Well: Follow-Up Photos

Georgica Well: Follow-Up Photos

Almost four months after the completion of the Georgica Well, our project with implementing partner FACE Africa in the community of Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia, the FACE Africa team returned for a visit and took some pictures of the well in action!   The Georgica Well was funded in 2013 by the First […]

Empowering Through Education: GMF & Voss Foundation

Empowering Through Education: GMF & Voss Foundation

The wide smiles of the driven, young students and moving stories of the many villagers in this video, demonstrate the true “ripple effect” that access to clean water can have on whole communities. Voss Foundation is proud to have implemented two successful clean water projects in the village of Kalebuka, in the Democratic Republic of […]


A New Partnership: Good Future and Hope, Uganda

A New Partnership: Good Future and Hope, Uganda

Voss Foundation is excited to announce our newest partner, Good Future and Hope. 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. GF&H’s vision is that every single child, everywhere in the world, has a right […]

How Voss Foundation develops business in Africa

How Voss Foundation develops business in Africa

Our Executive Director, Kara Gerson, was quoted in The Guardian this week in an article by Leigh Stringer on brands building the foundation for sustainable business in Africa: “‘One challenge [for businesses] will be making sure moving operations to Africa is done fairly, so that both the workers and the business owners benefit from it […]

Ndonyo Nasipa: Water System Map

Ndonyo Nasipa: Water System Map

The solar-powered water system in Ndonyo Nasipa, Voss Foundation’s third project with our longest-standing implementing partner, Milgis Trust, in the Samburu region of Kenya, was completed in 2011. Three years later, this 2010 Women Helping Women project continues to provide water to the community. Voss Foundation’s Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, visited Ndonyo Nasipa on her […]


Swaziland: WHW 2012 Project Update

Swaziland: WHW 2012 Project Update

Gone Rural boMake (GRb) and Rosecraft, our implementing partners in Swaziland, completed the implementation of our 2012 Women Helping Women project last October; however, donors may remember that only four of the five boreholes were completed at that time. This was because the original site for the fifth borehole, which fell between the borders of the KaNdinda and Mpini Cheifdoms, posed a problem. Issues of ownership […]

Latakwen: Five-Year Follow-Up Report

Latakwen: Five-Year Follow-Up Report

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 […]

Hand-washing and hygiene at the Georges Malaika School for Girls

Hand-washing and hygiene at the Georges Malaika School for Girls

Hand-washing and its implications for hygiene are some of the most critical aspects of the ripple effect of clean water. That’s why we’re so happy to see these photos that our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georges Malaika Foundation, sent us this week of the students at the Georges Malaika School for […]


Latakwen: Water System Map

Latakwen: Water System Map

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 a rough sketch to map out the system. See the […]

Kenya and Uganda Trip Report

Kenya and Uganda Trip Report

Voss Foundation’s Program Officer Caitlin Rackish recently returned from three weeks in Kenya and Uganda. We asked her to report back on the trip: Hi Voss Foundation supporters! As mentioned in my trip preview, 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 […]

Georgica Well: Final Report

Georgica Well: Final Report

Thanks to the First Annual Voss Foundation Benefit for clean water at Georgica in East Hampton, on July 3rd, 2013, 300-400 people have access to clean water in Little Liberia, a community in Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia. “This project is a lifesaver…,” said Little Liberia resident, Brother Abraham, […]


Water and Health

On April 7, we celebrate the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Day.  Most of us in cities like New York and Oslo take water for granted, and don’t think twice when we turn on a faucet or flush a toilet.   But for millions of people, clean water is still a scarcity. In the absence […]

Project update: News from Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome

Project update: News from Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome

  A solar-powered water system that will pump water 5km to provide Milgis School and the community of Ilgwe Eldome in Samburuland, Kenya will be complete by the end of April. Voss Foundation’s Program Officer, Caitlin Rackish, visited the site twice on her recent trip to this northern Kenyan region, where she visited six of […]

Travel 2014: Kenya and Uganda Trip Preview

Travel 2014: Kenya and Uganda Trip Preview

March 2014 marks 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 community of Latakwen in Samburuland, Kenya – and we’re celebrating with a visit! From 2009-2009, Milgis Trust, our longest-standing partner, worked with the community to rehabilitate an old borehole and lay piping to provide water […]


Seren & Kasipo: Final Report

Seren & Kasipo: Final Report

In October 2013, Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust completed the rehabilitation of an old government borehole and the construction of five new water access points in the communities of Seren and Kasipo  in Samburuland, Kenya. This was our second project funded by the 2011 Just Around the Corner Art Auction. Clean water, pumped to a water tank and […]

From Our Inbox to Yours: Latest Mali Update

From Our Inbox to Yours: Latest Mali Update

This January, Voss Foundation’s European Representatives Cecilie Malm Brundtland and Anette Krosby received holiday greetings from our local contact in the Dogon region of Mali, and a brief update from our projects in Kanikombole and Pel. Cecilie and Anette visited the villages in 2009 with former Magnum Photos President Stuart Franklin, and remain in contact with our friends there. Karembe Allaye writes: Vraiment […]

Voss Foundation Valentines from the Girls at GMF

Voss Foundation Valentines from the Girls at GMF

Not only are the students at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo thriving academically, they are also budding artists. Two of the students, Louise and Einice, made Valentine’s Day cards for our Give A Drop partners and our Women Helping Women supporters, who funded the construction of two wells. Noella Coursaris Musunka, founder of Georges Malaika Foundation, and […]


What Happens When Projects Don't Go According To Plan?

What Happens When Projects Don’t Go According To Plan?

Sometimes implementation of our water projects doesn’t go according to plan, despite careful advance work and assessments. In such situations, Voss Foundation is glad to be working with trusted partners in whom we place great confidence. On Monday, FACE Africa, Voss Foundation’s implementing partner in Liberia, informed us that, due to unforeseen environmental challenges, work […]

Water, Health, and Hygiene in Kalebuka

Water, Health, and Hygiene in Kalebuka

Georges Malaika School for Girls continues to be a pillar of health and wellness in the Kalebuka community! In addition to providing a top-quality education, the school strives to educate their students on the importance of proper hygiene.  A local doctor recently came to the school, where he performed checkups and tested for illnesses.  He also […]

From Our Inbox to Yours: Latest DR Congo Photos

From Our Inbox to Yours: Latest DR Congo Photos

See the email we just got this morning from Noella Coursaris Musunka, founder of Georges Malaika Foundation, our implementing partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: two photos taken today of our Kalebuka village well! This well was funded in 2011 by our Give A Drop partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir […]


Host Committee & Voss Foundation: Our 1-Year Anniversary Party

Host Committee & Voss Foundation: Our 1-Year Anniversary Party

In January 2013, Voss Foundation and Host Committee partnered on a multi-event charitable campaign that ultimately raised enough to fund a clean water well for the community of Zian Town in Liberia. With benefit parties at Manhattan hot spots Riff Raff’s and the Gansevoort Park Rooftop, hundreds of New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s made […]

2014 Projects and Partnerships Process is Underway

2014 Projects and Partnerships Process is Underway

Last year, Voss Foundation funded the construction of 16 clean water access points and 49 sanitation facilities in Kenya, Liberia, and Swaziland. 2014 promises to be another exciting year. Not only have we already spoken to numerous individuals and organizations who are interested in working with us this year to fund our clean water work, we’ve also started to receive […]

From Start To Finish: Seren and Kasipo

From Start To Finish: Seren and Kasipo

“One of the many reasons we like to work with Voss Foundation is that they, like we, want to see the projects that they fund last for ever! Not like many projects that we see in Northern Kenya that last for, give or take, 3-6 months and  that’s the end. In fact these days there’s […]