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Swaziland: WASH Systems Services and Support Report Recap At Voss Foundation we prefer to develop long-term relationships with our implementing partners. This choice means we have fewer partners, but it enables our partners to comprehensively address the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of not just one community but a whole district or region and…

Voss Foundation’s 2012 and 2013 Women Helping Women projects in the Ntontozi Constituency in the Manzini Region Swaziland with implementing partners Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft funded the construction of 7 boreholes, 285 VIP latrines, and capacity-building workshops. Gone Rural boMake recently shared a new report that evaluated how the water, sanitation, and hygiene projects have met anticipated outcomes thus far, identified challenges,…

Over the past several months, the pace of work has increased on Voss Foundation’s 2013 Women Helping Women project in Swaziland with implementing partners Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft. Mbingo Velakhe Solomon, Gone Rural boMake’s WASH Project Officer has provided several implementation updates. In April, a three-day Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training (PHAST) workshop took place. Out of the 222 homesteads in…

Our beneficiary, Ntombi Mngomezulu, is one of many talented artisans who work for Gone Rural.  Gone Rural, Voss Foundation’s partner in Swaziland, is a wonderful group that empowers female artisans.  In addition to selling their unique handiwork, Gone Rural and their non-profit arm, Gone Rural boMake, together provide other essential services to the artisans and their…

Last week, artisans from around the world flew in for NEST’s first Artisan Summit in New York City. NEST, Voss Foundation’s partner in Swaziland, is a non-profit organization committed to collaborating with artisans in order to connect their workshops with the global market. With these local workshops, NEST is able to alleviate poverty, empower women,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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