May 1, 2015
“I believe that clean water is the most basic of human rights,” says longtime Voss Foundation supporter, Amy Canepa Donahue. “Without water there is no life, and it is shocking that in this day and age so many of the world’s poor are without it. I believe in Voss Foundation’s “ripple effect,” that providing something as simple as a well can not only impact health and sanitation, but save valuable time that can be used for employment, education, and the betterment of the family.”
Amy is the Director of On-Premise National Accounts for VOSS Artesian Water from Norway, where she has worked since 2009. In 2011, Amy was instrumental in launching Voss Foundation’s second US-based Women Helping Women (WHW) campaign in Boston and has chaired the event for the past five years. In 2012, she was named the second winner of VOSS Water’s internal Pure Intentions Award, for the employee who has contributed the most to Voss Foundation; in 2013 she claimed her award with a trip to Swaziland to attend the opening of a Voss Foundation project.
“My trip to Swaziland in 2013 allowed me to witness firsthand the ripple effect one well can have on a community, and its citizens,” she explains. “I consider it my responsibility to teach my children to give to something greater than themselves, and by being part of Voss Foundation and WHW, I can lead by example.”
When she is not traveling around the United States – or the entire world – for VOSS and Voss Foundation, Amy lives in Boston with her husband and three children.
Voss Foundation’s Executive Director Kara Gerson praises “Amy for her extraordinary support over the years, going above and beyond to help Voss Foundation change the lives of thousands of people in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. She is responsible for the on-going success of our Boston initiative, and has supported other VF events in New York, Newport, and Nantucket. Her generosity knows no bounds; she exemplifies the concepts of Women Helping Women and Pure Intentions, and is a role model to us all! I am proud to call her both a champion of our cause and a friend. ”
We are thrilled to work with Amy again this year on our fifth annual Women Helping Women Boston event, a luncheon and African Bazaar shopping event on June 18, 2015.