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Sixth Annual Voss Foundation Women Helping Women New York Luncheon

Image above: All proceeds from sales at the African Bazaar went to the Women Helping Women project. © Nicole Kouri

Last week, the Sixth Annual Voss Foundation Women Helping Women New York Luncheon benefitting the Good Future and Hope Orphanage in Uganda took place at the Stephan Weiss Studio.

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Image above: During the Voss Foundation Women Helping Women luncheon at the Stephen Weiss Studio, New York. © Nicole Kouri

The 2015 Women Helping Women project will fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for five new homes, which will provide safe accommodation to homeless children and orphans in the Nakisunga region.

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Images above: From left, Simon Doonan, Iman and Yacine Alexander, Sophie Elgort, and Latham Thomas arriving at the Voss Foundation luncheon. © Nicole Kouri

Over 300 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to clean water – equivalent to the United States population. The Voss Foundation Women Helping Women New York luncheon raises awareness and funds in support of projects that bring clean water and sanitation to African women and their communities.  The event was hosted by Susan Fales-Hill, award-winning television writer/producer and author.

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Image above: Host, Susan Fales-Hill speaking at the Voss Foundation luncheon. © Nicole Kouri

This year’s honorees included: Jewel, Singer-Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist, and Founder of Project Clearwater; Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Magatte Wade, CEO and Founder of Tiossan; Robert (Tenny) and Kimberly Field, Philanthropists.

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Images above: Left- honoree, Magatte Wade,CEO and Founder of Tiossan arriving at the luncheon. Right- honoree, Jewel, Singer-Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist, and Founder of Project Clearwater performing during the luncheon. © Nicole Kouri

The Voss Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. Founded by the directors of VOSS of Norway, ASA as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, Voss Foundation has offices in New York and Oslo. Since our inception in 2008, Voss Foundation has helped to build 130 water access points and 462 sanitation facilities in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda (as of October 2015).

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Images above: From left, honorees, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway, and philanthropists, Kimberly and Tenny Field speaking at the luncheon.  © Nicole Kouri

Women Helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation global, grassroots initiative that has raised over $650,000 in Europe and the United States since 2009 to fund 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, and Swaziland. In addition to Women Helping Women New York, 2015 WHW events have taken place in Boston and the Hamptons.

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Images above: During the Voss Foundation Women Helping Women luncheon at the Stephen Weiss Studio, New York.  © Nicole Kouri

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