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A new Lene Maria for Rent Vann project is underway in Masikita Simiti. Masikita Simiti is a small center about 8km up the lugga from Masikita, the site of the first their project with Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya. For Masikita Simiti, Milgis Trust will re-dig an exisiting well and outfit it with a solar-powered…

Voss Foundation donor Lene Maria for Rent Vann (Norwegian for “Lene Maria for Clean Water”) celebrated their fifth anniversary with a fundraiser on January 28, 2017 in Namsos, Norway. Our Board Member, Knut Brundtland, and our European Representative, Cecilie Malm Brundtland, joined Arnulf and Tove Bergum, the founders of Lene Maria for Rent Vann, and…

“Every one of us is responsible for the future of all of us.” – Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland Voss Foundation is honored to introduce Dr. Go Harlem Brundtland, to our supporters, as one of our 2015 2015 Women Helping Women Honorees. An energetic blend of stateswoman, physician, manager, politician, and international activist, Dr. Brundtland has…

Our solar-powered water system in Masikita will get an upgrade this summer! Masikita, Lene Maria for Rent Vann’s first project with Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya, was completed in 2013. Milgis Trust retrofitted a pre-existing borehole drilled by the government with a solar pump that pipes water to 4…

Earlier this year, Voss Foundation’s implementing partner Milgis Trust outfitted a well dug by the community with a solar-powered water system to provide water to the community of Lekeri in Samburu, Kenya.  Our Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, visited Lekeri in April and shared an update on the newly completed project.  Moses Lesoloyia, Milgis Trust’s Ground Manager, recently shared a project report that provided…

In 2014, Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust completed our eighth solar-powered water system in the Samburu region of Kenya and our third project funded by the 2011 Just Around the Corner Art Auction. Clean water – pumped to two water tanks and piped to five water access points – (1) one standpipe next to the borehole, (2) one standpipe in the…

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the third annual dinner and auction in Namsos, Norway raised 115,000 NOK for Lene Maria for Rent Vann (or Lene Maria for Clean Water), the Norwegian memorial campaign that has funded 17 distinct clean water access points with Voss Foundation, along with sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and maintenance. Renowned chef…

On Thursday, January 29th, Voss Foundation was celebrated at the Royal Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C., at a private event hosted by the embassy and Alison and John Shulman (above center and right). Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas, above left, welcomed the guests, who included a U.S. Senator, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues, a…

  Just before the holiday, Milgis Trust, our partner in the Samburu region of Kenya,  shared several photos from the implementation of our solar-powered water system in the community of Lekeri. The Lekeri water system was funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann in memory of Maria Annette Ofstad Derås, a friend of Lene Maria’s, who passed away at the age of…

Since 2008, Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust, our longest-standing partner, have implemented 9 water projects in the Samburu region of Kenya that provide water to 10 communities: Kileswa, Latakwen, Lekeri, Masikita, Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome, Ndonyo Nasipa, Seren and Kasipo, Swari, and Urra – via 31 access points. Pete Ilsley recently worked with Moses Lesoloyia and Lazaro, Milgis…

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