May 21, 2014
“Developing impoverished communities to better health, economic, educational, social, and infrastructural standing starts simply with access to clean water,” says Nana Meriwether, an ardent Voss Foundation supporter.
Nana Meriwether is best known for being crowned Miss USA 2012, though is also a former professional and Olympic volleyball player, academic, and philanthropist. Nana has been featured in Sports Illustrated, appeared on TV in multiple Miss USA competitions and on US fashion reality show Project Runway, and was invited to pay tribute to the passing of former President Nelson Mandela before the United Nations.
In 2007, Nana co-founded the Meriwether Foundation. Meriwether Foundation is a US-based 501(c)(3) charity that operates programs in health, education, nutrition, and empowerment in rural and impoverished communities in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique. In her work in Southern Africa, Nana has seen firsthand the need for access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and its impact on women:
“To empower a community, you must first empower the women and that is why I so strongly believe in Voss Foundation and their Women Helping Women initiatives,” she explains.
Nana was born in South Africa to a South African mother and African American father who met doing philanthropy. Nana grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. Like her father, who was the first African American to be admitted and graduate in the 1960s, Nana attended Duke University. She later transferred to UCLA, where she was a record-breaking member of the championship women’s volleyball team. In 2008, Nana trained for the Olympic Games in volleyball.
“We are delighted that Nana supports Voss Foundation at numerous events. Her deep and intimate understanding of the health and female development sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa make her a perfect representative for Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women campaign, which raises awareness of and vital funds for empowering women with access to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities,” says Kara Gerson, Voss Foundation’s Executive Director. “We are so happy to present her as the Guest of Honor at the Fourth Annual Women Helping Women Boston event on June 12, 2014. Please buy your tickets today!”