January 30, 2015
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 number of U.S. policy and government leaders, WASH experts, VOSS Water executives, and ambassadors from countries where Voss Foundation implements our clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. He praised Voss Foundation as an example of U.S. – Norwegian collaboration and talked about Norway’s commitment to supporting African nations.
Co-host John Shulman, Chairman of VOSS Water, emphasized that the event was an opportunity for knowledge-sharing among the great minds in the room.
During the meal, Voss Foundation’s Executive Director Kara Gerson (above left) facilitated a conversation among the tables, where each table reported back to the room on their discussions and findings. Notably, Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae of Kenya, pictured above with Kara and Voss Foundation’s Program Director Caitlin Rackish, addressed the room to praise Voss Foundation for our nearly seven years of work in the arid northern Samburu region of his country. “That is where [access to clean water] is needed most,” he said, “I thank you for your work there and encourage you to continue.”
Pictured above are co-host Alison Shulman with Vickie Ward from the Liberian Embassy.
It was an honor for Voss Foundation to be celebrated amongst such an illustrious group and we say “Tusen takk” and “Many thanks” to our Norwegian and American hosts!