December 12, 2014
Work on Good Future and Hope’s new primary school in Uganda, which will open in February of 2015, is advancing – and so are Tenny and Kim Field’s efforts to fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for the school’s dormitories and teachers’ houses. As of December 12th, they are almost 2/3 of the way to their personal giving campaign’s goal to raise just over $31,000 for their project.
Tenny and Kim kicked off their campaign in October with a private event at the legendary Explorers Club in New York. The event featured a keynote address by award-winning photographer and author, 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Alison Wright. Alison has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. For many of her projects Alison travels to the remotest regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while documenting issues concerning the human condition. As part of their campaign, Tenny and Kim decided to fundraise to send Alison to document Voss Foundation’s work at GF&H in Uganda. Alison recently returned from GF&H where she spent a few days with the children and staff, documenting their lives and the project’s construction through photographs. A sneak-peak of the photographs to come is above!
The budget for Tenny and Kim’s project covers the construction of a water tower for the teachers’ homes and dormitories, networking the water source to the water tower, laying the pipeline from the water tower to the homes and dormitories, and construction of a septic tank and soak pit, and will have incalculable benefits for education, health, and gender equity. Globally, the WHO estimates that investment in clean water yields an additional 272 million school attendance days per year by reducing the amount of time school-age children spend collecting water and are absent due to illness. Access to sanitation facilities at schools also has a positive impact on female attendance and retention; reducing the number of school-age girls who either skip school during menstruation or drop out entirely because of lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities.
This project will ensure students and staff have access to water and sanitation facilities once the school opens. Having running water, showers, and flush toilets, something that not all schools have, will enable GF&H to attract and maintain high-quality teachers. In addition, with clean water on-premise, there will be no need for the students to travel to collect clean water when not in school, allowing them spend more time on chores, homework, or play. The water and sanitation infrastructure will also help minimize the number of sick days.
We are so grateful to Tenny and Kim for their extraordinary generosity and devotion to Voss Foundation. You can support Tenny and Kim’s campaign, by clicking on the button below, or by sending a check to Voss Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA, with “Tenny & Kim” in the memo or noted separately. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the project, and to see the budget, please click on the project description below.