July 13, 2017
Meet Lydia Carlston, a Voss Foundation supporter since 2010, and a guest at this year’s Women Helping Women Hamptons luncheon on August 7, 2017. Lydia took time to share with us why Women Helping Women, Voss Foundation, and access to water are important to her.
“I cannot imagine living without water or having limited access to it, it’s something we all take for granted. I donated to the cause and have been sensitive to water issues at home and abroad. I am grateful for Voss Foundation’s education of the water shortages that affect so many and how we are all connected. Voss Foundations work resonates more now than ever.”
“Water is the elixir of life. Our bodies are made up mostly of water and we cannot survive without it. Water is important to create life – from the earliest form (the amniotic sac) – to necessary vegetation to feed the mother (who in turn produces milk to feed her newborn child). On a larger scale, food to feed a village. Without water, it is impossible promote sanitation and hygiene. I witnessed this first-hand on a trip to Burundi 2 years ago where I visited a rural village where water was scarce. Burundi’s access was painfully limited. I also witnessed the most unsanitary conditions in a state-run hospital in Burundi due to lack of water. I fear many people in the area will become ill from avoidable diseases because of water-related hygiene issues.”
“Voss Foundation and Women Helping Women is a ready guide and testament to the importance of cooperation between women and the heavy weight of our efforts multiplied. There is no single force more powerful than women working together. Our natural instinct to nurture, protect, love and teach is vital to life itself. When collectively initiated, we have the ability to save our families, communities and on a larger scale, the world.”
We are so grateful to Lydia and all our supporters who are incredible champions of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more about our upcoming Women Helping Women Hamptons luncheon on August 7, 2017 and to join Lydia visit http://www.vossfoundation.org/whw-hamptons-2017-save-the-date/
Lydia Carlston , President of AFBADA, American Friends of BADA http://www.bada.org.uk/support/, is a model and actress whose body of work ranges from theatre to television, national and international commercials, print ads and fashion runways between Paris, London, New York, Cote D’Ivoire and Tokyo. On the opposite side of the camera, Ms. Carlston has worked as a boom operator for movies, TV shows and commercials, with notable sound mixers, including two-time Academy Award winner, Russell Williams. Ms. Carlston’s work includes national print ads and commercials for the Exelon Patch, Post Shredded Wheat, Corcoran, Gardasil, SAP, Planned Parenthood, Bank of America, Coca-Cola and Scholastic. Television credits include Sex and the City and Star Trek: DS9. Ms. Carlston has been featured in fashion magazines: Vogue, Essence, Le Jardin de Mode (France), Donna (Italy) and French Elle, as well as Family Life Magazine, Heart and Soul, Redbook, Self and Women’s Day.
Ms. Carlston is an active member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Actor’s Equity Association and is married to Mats G. Carlston, a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP, mother to 3 daughters, Aria, Ada and Alva and lives in Greenwich Village. Instagram @lydiacarlston