January 16, 2014
Last year, Voss Foundation funded the construction of 16 clean water access points and 49 sanitation facilities in Kenya, Liberia, and Swaziland. 2014 promises to be another exciting year. Not only have we already spoken to numerous individuals and organizations who are interested in working with us this year to fund our clean water work, we’ve also started to receive and review proposals from implementing partners, both new and old.
Voss Foundation considers both solicited and unsolicited proposals for water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in rural and peri-urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa with limited access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure, and a high incidence of water-related diseases. On special occasion, we consider solicited proposals for projects in urban areas, if certain conditions are met.
Voss Foundation partners with organizations working on the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each partner is vetted first by our staff and then by a Board sub-committee to adhere to our high standards of efficiency, transparency, procedure, and reporting. There are no time limits to our partnerships. We have worked with our longest-standing implementing partner, Milgis Trust, for over five years. Our partners:
- must have historic experience in the region(s) in which they work
- are run by or employ a large percentage of local staff and workers
- are respected by their beneficiary communities
- involve the communities in project design, implementation, and maintenance
- have a long-term commitment to follow-up
“We have a very close relationship with our partners; we are intimately involved in each and every project… We want to make sure we are distributing our funds efficiently and effectively. We need to know we’re making a difference in people’s lives,” says Executive Director Kara Gerson.
While our primary focus is providing sustainable access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene we also provide support for secondary water-related needs based on local requests as water access is intrinsically linked to other development challenges. Our projects in Kanikombole and Pel, Mali, for example, not only provide access to clean water, they also provide irrigation for two agricultural gardens. When evaluating proposals, we look for projects that are:
- appropriate (technologically, culturally, physically, environmentally)
- supported by beneficiary communities
- maintainable and manageable for users
- affordable to access and maintain
- provide water of the highest quality possible
- provide adequate water supply
We are excited to share information about our work, including partner profiles, project announcements (and project completion reports once we have information), and regular updates about our projects as the year progresses. You can follow our progress on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, or by signing up for our mailing lists.
If you are interested in exploring a potential partnership with Voss Foundation or would like to learn more about our projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to learn more about any of our projects.