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With the completion of our first project, the Voss Foundation can begin to measure the impact of the work we are doing. Carol Ann Gleason, an affiliate of Illumine Group, the consultancy helping us evaluate our projects, just returned from a visit to Latakwen and filed a very encouraging report.

Some excerpts:
…[The Voss Foundation water project]has effectively responded to the most crucial needs in the Latakwen community, while heightening the community’s awareness in conserving their resources…

…Each member of the community I had the opportunity to speak with expressed relief with a tremendous appreciation of being freed from the search for water…

…There is direct evidence of shifts and changes related to the delivery of clean and pure water to the village of Latakwen. Foremost, is the relief of the constant stress of complexities related to illness in children and adults, including difficulties in adequate follow-up, such as taking essential medicines… elements of personal hygiene and awareness of health standards are starting to take shape…

…In addition, the community’s capacity of managing its resources is greatly improving… The introduction of the solar pump into the village municipal resources has brought opportunity to administer and organize at a more participatory level. This project has increased responsibility in maintaining accountability of resources with a heightened focus on how the community regards their environment and what steps are necessary to conserve and protect their ancestral lands…

Women have been relieved of watching their children buckle over from chest problems directly related to the weight of water they carried great distances… they also seeing gains in their children’s development from consistent school attendance, which had been previously interrupted by the water delivery cycle. Clean and pure drinking water has also broughtimprovements in infant health and benefited early childhood development; in the past contaminated water inflicted constant issues including and not limited to dehydration…

…It should be noted, now that students are receiving water at school, household needs for water have been reducedsignificantly, easing both the pressure previously faced by women and children… The Principal of the Latakwen School spoke with appreciation for the notable improvements in performance…

…Due to gains in free time normally consumed by the search for adequate water, women are joining in solidarity to pursue access opportunities in adult literacy and entrepreneurial support structures. Adult literacy and business development will directly support not only the local community in the management of one of its most valuable assets, women, but will also improve family planning and the educational prospects of children and generations to come follow…

…Immediately the pump and piping have shifted villagers’ understanding of their situation by increasing prospects in education, economic development, and public health, while also serving to reduce tensions over available water resources…

We are thrilled to receive such a stellar initial report and hear praise from the community of Latakwen! But our work is not done. The Voss Foundation is committed to the sustainability of our projects and we remain devoted to ensuring the continued success of Latakwen’s water system.

We will continue to report on the effects of Voss Foundation work in Latakwen as we pursue more success throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

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