March 7, 2014
March 2014 marks the 5-year anniversary of the completion of Voss Foundation’s first clean water project, a solar-powered water system funded by VOSS Water in community of Latakwen in Samburuland, Kenya – and we’re celebrating with a visit!
From 2009-2009, Milgis Trust, our longest-standing partner, worked with the community to rehabilitate an old borehole and lay piping to provide water to three access points at the village center, the school, and the health clinic. According to the many updates we’ve received from Milgis Trust over the last five years, the solar water system has had a ripple effect on the physical and economic health of the community. Prior to the completion of our other projects in the region, the water system in Latakwen was also a lifeline for all communities in the area, especially during times of drought.
Although we’ve received regular updates from Milgis Trust since ground broke on the project, we decided that the five year anniversary of our first clean water project would be an opportune time for us to visit Latakwen again and to see for ourselves just how access to clean water has changed peoples’ daily lives and the community as a whole. On March 14th, our Program Officer, Caitlin Rackish, departs New York for Latakwen and to check in on some of our other project sites in Samburuland.
When her studies are complete, Caitlin will then meet with potential partners and visit proposed project sites throughout Kenya and in Uganda. To see where Caitlin will be traveling to in Kenya and Uganda, check out the map above!
Check the website over the next several weeks for updates from the field! In the meantime, we wish Caitlin safe travels, bon voyage, and safari ya salama!