April 18, 2014
Thanks to the First Annual Voss Foundation Benefit for clean water at Georgica in East Hampton, on July 3rd, 2013, 300-400 people have access to clean water in Little Liberia, a community in Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia.
“This project is a lifesaver…,” said Little Liberia resident, Brother Abraham, upon completion.
Previously, residents got water from a creek over 14 minutes away along a narrow bush road; during the height of the dry season there wasn’t access to water for days. Voss Foundation partnered with FACE Africa and the Gunii Creek United Development Association to implement the project. Since 2011, Voss Foundation has funded fourteen clean water access points and ten latrines with FACE Africa in Monteserrado, Margibi, and Rivercess countries.
The community of Little Liberia already had one non-functioning hand-pump, installed by an international aid organization, but assessment concluded it could not be rehabilitated. In an unusual situation, the first well we dug did not yield a sustainable water source and we had to find a new site in the community. Thanks to great work from our partners on the ground, we found a new site quickly and were able to salvage most of the original materials. The well now serves the community, school, and many people who stop in town regularly on their way to the nearby market. Community members have been trained in maintenance and a water committee of two men and two women have been selected by the town leadership to manage the well and hand-pump.
Sports Illustrated Supermodel, Ariel Meredith, hosted the first annual benefit at Georgica. Ms. Meredith told Sports Illustrated Swim Daily, “I was so honored to host the benefit for the Voss Foundation and support their mission to provide clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty, hunger and lack of access to clean water are all linked. As we support the Voss Foundation we are helping families and communities in the most essential ways. I first learned about the organization through a great friend and the more I researched on this organization I knew I definitely wanted to support and be more involved.”
A former VOSS Water Brand Manager, Kirsten Hansen, and Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio played an instrumental role in the realization of the event. When Good News Planet asked Mr. Fuccio why Georgica partnered with Voss Foundation for this event, he explained, “The Voss Foundation is an incredible charity organization that uses a grass roots approach to it’s fund raising. These are regular people doing extraordinary things.”
Georgica contributed $5,975.00 to Voss Foundation from the inaugural event, which was enough to fund the original budget for the new hand pump in Little Liberia. Voss Foundation made up the difference between the originally proposed budget and the final budget of $7,793.90, due to the unexpected costs of needing to find a new site for the well.