February 12, 2015
Over two hundred people in Kpor Town, Liberia gained access to water and sanitation in April, 2014 thanks to the Lene Maria for Rent Vann campaign, Norwegian for “Lene Maria for Clean Water,” in memory of Lene Maria Bergum. The project, one of fourteen Voss Foundation has funded in Liberia with implementing partner FACE Africa since 2011, and the first in Margibi County, included the construction of a hand-dug well fitted with a manual hand pump, two latrines, and two hand washing stations. FACE Africa also trained a water management committee, and conducted a community-wide hygiene sensitization.
Saran Kaba Jones, the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, visited Kpor Town on a recent trip. She shared the following update: “All 3 facilities working perfectly and clean! They are taking all safety measures including frequently washing hands [to prevent the spread of Ebola]. The town chief said they strongly believe having the sanitation facilities and water system [funded by Voss Foundation and Lene Maria for Rent Vann] has helped to keep Ebola out of their town!” Scroll through Saran’s photos from the community meeting and checking out the latrines and the well.
Saran is in field again this week, and we look forward to additional updates about Kpor Town and our projects in Rivercess County in the coming weeks. For additional updates, check out FACE Africa’s Faceboook page and Instagram.
Lene Maria for Rent Vann is a global grassroots initiative to honor the memory of Lene Maria Bergum, who was killed in the shooting attack on Utøya, Norway in July 2011. Her family chose to build a water project in Sub-Saharan Africa with Voss Foundation in Lene Maria’s name. They felt this was the way she would want to be remembered. Kpor Town was the second project funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann project with Voss Foundation.