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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…

Sustainability and community empowerment are of utmost importance to the Voss Foundation; every single one of our projects aims to make sure our beneficiaries can take ownership of and maintain their own wells and water systems after implementation is complete. One way we achieve this is by encouraging villages to enact a very small water…

Our president and founder, Knut Brundtland, and our European Representative, Cecilie Malm Brundtland, just came back from a trip to visit our Kenya projects! As soon as they arrived in the Samburu region, they were met by two eldermen who came to say hello and thank Voss Foundation for our work — the first time…

As The New York Times reported earlier this month, the Horn of Africa is currently suffering from “the worst drought in 60 years.” Fortunately, our friend Helen from Milgis Trust has assured us that all three of the Voss Foundation wells in Kenya are working perfectly despite the severe water shortage. Unfortunately, many people from northeastern…

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…

Many people have been asking about how our friends in Kenya are faring with the severe water shortage. As The New York Times reported on September 7, a “devastating drought is sweeping across Kenya.” Unfortunately, as you can see in the map above, also from the Times, the Samburu fall squarely in the water-starved area. The…

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…

We recently received a great report on the opening of the Latakwen project. Helen, our friend at Milgis Trust, Voss Foundation’s on-the-ground NGO partner in Samburuland, Kenya, writes: “The Latakwen water project opening WAS FANTASTIC!! In fact unbelievable… The enthusiasm was just great… I think the leaders of Latakwen proclaimed a Holiday in [honor]of having water…

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