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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 […]


Milgis School: Project Description

Milgis School: Project Description

A well rehabilitation and school improvement project at the Milgis Trust School in Ilgwe Eldome is underway! This is the third clean water project funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann (or, Lene Maria for Clean Water, in English) in memory of Lene Maria Bergum, and their  second in Kenya. Inspired by the connection between water and […]

Signe's Well: Final Report

Signe’s Well: Final Report

Over four hundred people in James Town Annex, Liberia gained access to clean water this fall thanks to the the personal giving campaign of former Voss Foundation intern, Christina Rydland. The well, one of the eleven Voss Foundation has funded in Liberia this year with implementing partner FACE Africa, included the rehabilitation of a broken manual hand pump, local capacity-building […]

Papaya Harvest at the Georges Malaika School for Girls

Papaya Harvest at the Georges Malaika School for Girls

Girls from the Georges Malaika School for Girls, in Kalebuka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, harvested the first papayas of the season earlier this month! Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women 2010 initiative funded the construction of a well on the school’s campus. As the only source of water for the school, the well serves the kitchen, toilets, sinks, and […]


Casey's Well: Final Report

Casey’s Well: Final Report

Over three hundred people in Jay Town, Liberia gained access to clean water this fall thanks to the personal giving campaign of VOSS Water’s South Florida Brand Manager, Casey Eltringham. The well, one of the eleven Voss Foundation has funded in Liberia with implementing partner FACE Africa this year, included the construction of a hand-dug well fitted with a manual […]

WHW NY 2013: Our biggest and best luncheon yet!

WHW NY 2013: Our biggest and best luncheon yet!

Nearly 200 women and men at Voss Foundation’s Fourth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon on November 14th, 2013, raised over $75,000 to fund clean water access and sanitation projects for Sub-Saharan African women and their communities through ticket sales, donations, and Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar. Supermodel, actress and philanthropist Selita Ebanks, who was […]

Kenya trip report: Seren & Kasipo

Kenya trip report: Seren & Kasipo

European Representative Anette Krosby recently led a trip to attend the opening of our sixth clean water project in Kenya. This solar-powered water system serves the communities of Seren and Kasipo in the northern Samburu region and is the second project funded by our 2011 Just Around the Corner Art Auction in Norway. Anette submitted […]


2013 Women Helping Women Project: Swaziland

2013 Women Helping Women Project: Swaziland

The lack of a consistent supply of water, coupled with poor sanitation continue to be two of the major factors that inhibit health, development, food security, and women’s empowerment in Swaziland. The generous support of our 2012 Women Helping Women Project funded the construction of 5 boreholes, 100 latrines, and capacity-building workshops, benefiting 6,300 people […]

Women Helping Women San Francisco 2013: Another project funded!

Women Helping Women San Francisco 2013: Another project funded!

For the second year in a row, our Women Helping Women San Francisco raised enough money to fund a clean water system in Swaziland! Following a hugely successful 2012 luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Voss Foundation Board member Charlot Malin and generous supporter Suzy Kellems Dominik invited guests to an intimate cocktail reception at the Of […]

Host Committee Well: Final Report

Host Committee Well: Final Report

Four hundred people in Zian Town, Liberia gained access to clean water this Fall thanks to a group of young professionals in New York City and Voss Foundation’s partnership with Host Committee. Host Committee, an innovative tech startup that orchestrates private curated events at exclusive venues in New York, helped Voss Foundation’s Junior Committee, started by VOSS […]


Swaziland 2012 WHW Project Completion Report

Swaziland 2012 WHW Project Completion Report

We are pleased to present the completion report we just received from our 2012 Women Helping Women project in Swaziland! The Ntontozi Water and Sanitation Project addressed water, sanitation and hygiene threats faced by more than 6300 people (160 homesteads) in Ndinda and Ngyoyia in the KaNdinda Chiefdom. Our 2012 Women Helping Women events in San […]

Seren & Kasipo Project: Underway!

Seren & Kasipo Project: Underway!

Our second Just Around the Corner Art Auction-funded clean water project for the Seren and Kasipo communities in Samburuland, Kenya is “going at full gallop,” according to an update Voss Foundation received Friday, September 13th, from our implementing partners, Milgis Trust. On Wednesday, September 4th, Pete and Frances went down to Nairobi to collect the […]

Milgis School: Empowering Conservation Ambassadors in Samburu Children

Milgis School: Empowering Conservation Ambassadors in Samburu Children

When the Bergum family traveled to Masikita in Samburuland, Kenya last February to attend the opening ceremony of their first water project in memory of Lene Maria Bergum, they learned about the impact that running water had on the local primary school from David, the headmaster. They also learned about Milgis School, a primary school […]