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Status Updates for Milgis Trust Water Projects Since 2008, Voss Foundation has funded 13 solar-powered water systems with implementing partner Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya. In addition, Voss Foundation has provided three grants for ongoing maintenance and management of these systems with funding raised through the  Just Around the Corner (JAC) 2011…

Our Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, is off on another adventure! This March and April, Caitlin will spend nearly a month traveling to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (twice), Uganda, and Kenya (twice). She will be visiting our existing partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Georges Malaika Foundation in the DRC, and Good Future &…

At Voss Foundation, we pride ourselves on transparency, which is why we feel it is so important to share the following story: We recently learned that one of the solar panels was stolen from our water system in Swari, Voss Foundation’s first Women Helping Women project, with Milgis Trust in the Samburu District of Kenya….

Since 2008, Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust, our longest-standing partner, have implemented 9 water projects in the Samburu region of Kenya that provide water to 10 communities: Kileswa, Latakwen, Lekeri, Masikita, Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome, Ndonyo Nasipa, Seren and Kasipo, Swari, and Urra – via 31 access points. Pete Ilsley recently worked with Moses Lesoloyia and Lazaro, Milgis…

Our Executive Director, Kara Gerson, attended the WASH Sustainability Forum at the World Bank in Washington, DC on March 11-12, hosted by The World Bank Group, UNICEF, Global Water Challenge, WASH Advocates, Aguaconsult, and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. We asked her to report back on the event: Hi Voss Foundation supporters! I…

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Management Committees are essential to ensure the sustainability of community water systems. Voss Foundation has observed over the years, throughout the implementation of our various projects, how important it is that the community feels responsible for and has developed the capacity to manage the maintenance and operation of its own…

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…

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…

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