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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:…

We received word over the holidays from our local contacts for our projects in Mali, who send greetings and thanks. They are happy to report that the Voss Foundation wells continue to provide access to clean water to the communities of Kanikombole and Pel, in the Dogon region of Mali. Voss Foundation completed both projects…

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…

By providing clean water in Pel, Mali, we have doubled women’s average income! Thanks to the five wells we are rehabilitating in the village, women no longer spend their days searching for clean water. They can devote more time to growing healthy and inexpensive food for their families and generating their own incomes…by selling the…

Progress in Pel is well underway, with three of our five wells already rehabilitated! Above is a photo of Well No. 2 after rehabilitation; below, you can see what it looked like before: Notice how much safer and more secure the new well is, with sturdier construction, protective enclosures, and a cover to keep people,…

From our friends Sebastien and Barri in Mali: 40 water retention structures were built (each with a capacity of 1200 litres) in the Women’s Association garden, enabling 80 women to work there permanently… There is enough water right now to allow the women to work. This is great news! Thanks, Sebastien and Barri! And further…

We spoke with our friends in Mali recently and they assured us that, though people had feared the same drought affecting East Africa, due to the rains coming late this year, things are fine now. We also learned that the Kanikombole project should be finished soon; we hope to have the Pel project completed by…

After completing our initial Mali water project, in Kanikombole, the Voss Foundation is getting ready to begin the next one in Pel, another Dogon village. We almost couldn’t believe it this week when we heard from our implementing partners, AED and Caritas, that they think it may be possible to leverage the success from our…

We’ve been getting great reports of the trip to Mali with photographer Stuart Franklin. Today, Sebastien Amodeo, our friend with the local AED office in Bandiagara, sent us some photos from Dogon country. You can see Voss Foundation European Representatives Cecilie Brundtland and Anette Krosby making friends and learning about water delivery issues in Pel…

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