June 22, 2015
We are thrilled to announce that our Fifth Annual Women Helping Women Boston event raised nearly double last year’s! We held our 2015 Boston Luncheon at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the Seaport District on Thursday, June 18th. The event raised awareness and funds in support of projects that bring clean water and sanitation to women and their communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
FOX 25 Boston Morning News Anchor Sorboni Banerjee served as Mistress of Ceremonies and detailed her connection to the cause having covered Boston’s major water main break, her family’s experiences in India, and her own personal efforts to conserve water on a daily basis. Banerjee lauded Voss Foundation Women Helping Women Honoree Rebecca van Bergen, the Founder & Executive Director of Nest, for her commitment to working with the world’s most promising artisans so they may develop their own small businesses, while simultaneously promoting peace, prosperity and female empowerment. Since Nest began collaborating with Voss Foundation in 2012, the partnership and its local artisans have built 10 hand-pump wells and 420 latrines for nearly 9,000 people in Swaziland.
Following remarks by our Executive Director Kara Gerson, Committee Chair and VOSS Water Director of National Accounts Amy Canepa Donahue emphasized how fortunate guests were to live in a place where water is not considered a luxury. Referencing the Women Helping Women project donation cards, she pointed out one community’s need for latrine construction and lightheartedly reminded guests that Father’s Day was on Sunday.
The event also featured Voss Foundation’s celebrated African Bazaar: a collection of handmade jewelry, accessories, toys and home items from the countries where it works. Guests were encouraged to shop ‘for themselves and for others’ as each piece taken home would serve as a reminder of the women and girls they helped support and the wells, handwashing stations and latrines they helped build.