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#CleanWater for Africa

by Voss Foundation category: Cause

“Lene Maria For #CleanWater inspires me! Join the community creating a #rippleeffect in Africa with Voss Foundation http://thndr.it/15DqcBj

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Ends Aug 30, 12:00 PM EDT

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This campaign ended on August 30 at 12PM

Over 300 million people in Africa – approximately the entire population of the United States – lack access to clean water

6,000 children die each day from preventable diseases related to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. Women and children spend 40 billion hours every year walking to the nearest water source, which is often contaminated. Conversely, when clean water is available, schools double in size and child mortality rates drop.

Lene Maria for Rent Vann, Norwegian for “clean water,” began after Lene Maria Bergum was killed in the shooting attack on Utoya, Norway in July 2011. To honor her memory, her family chose to build a water project in Sub-Saharan Africa with Voss Foundation. Her parents, Tove and Arnulf, felt this was exactly the way Lene Maria would want to be remembered.

They reached out to their local community for donations, and received unprecedented public support. The Lene Maria for Clean Water grassroots campaign expanded immensely, and so far they have been able to fund three water projects in Kenya and Liberia.

This extraordinary example of a tragedy transformed has provided the gift of water to thousands of people in Kenya and Liberia. Join Voss Foundation as we commemorate the family’s philanthropy, and the success of their efforts. Share a tweet or Facebook post before August 30, 2013.

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Voss Foundation
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Voss Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of ongoing need in the region. Voss Foundation aims to help fulfill communities’ water requirements and then focus on the self-improvement of lives and communities once basic water needs are satisfied. We have a particular interest in assisting women and girls who, relieved of the burden of fetching water, have time to devote to education and enterprise.

Since our inception in 2008, Voss Foundation has helped to build 63 water access points and 113 sanitation facilities in 6 countries, changing the lives of over 100,000 people in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, and Swaziland.

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