A student washes her hands at Georges Malaika School in the DR Congo, site of Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women project in 2010; each year nearly 300,000 children’s lives could be saved with hand washing
Casing for the underground well in Ndonyo, Nasipa, Kenya, site of Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women project in 2010 – 2011
Voss Foundation’s first west coast benefit event, Women Helping Women, netted over $46,000, nearly the entire amount required to fund a planned water project in Swaziland. Chair Charlot Malin gathered 122 women for lunch at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on October 22, 2012, to learn about the needs for clean water facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Swaziland, 57 percent of the population lacks improved sanitation facilities and a consistent water supply. Voss Foundation’s plan calls for drilling five wells with hand pumps and constructing 30 pit latrines to serve some 6,300 people in the communities of Ndinda and Ngoylya.
Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women campaign provides a worldwide network for women to join forces on behalf of improving the lives of women and children around the globe. Fetching water is disproportionately a women’s and girls burden in rural Africa. With access to clean water, an entire region gains immediate health benefits, but women’s lives often improve the most. Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women events began in 2009, and have since been held in New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
Scenes from the Women Helping Women benefit luncheon in San Francisco:
Kara Gerson, executive director of Voss Foundation, Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa, and Charlot Malin, event chair, Women Helping Women in San Francisco
Britta Campbell shopped the African Bazaar at Women Helping Women in San Francisco
Melissa Barber, Suzanne Levit and Annie Woods at the Women Helping Women event in San Francisco
Paula Carano, Linle Froeb
Aurelian Lis, General Manager Americas for Benefit Cosmetics, sponsor of Women Helping Women, at the event in San Francisco
Bilques Smith, Kimberlee Sharp
Jane Mudge, Barbara Brown, Ann Girard
Event photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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