Our Executive Director, Kara Gerson, attended the WASH Sustainability Forum at the World Bank in Washington, DC on March 11-12, hosted by The World Bank Group, UNICEF, Global Water Challenge, WASH Advocates, Aguaconsult, and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. We asked her to report back on the event:

Hi Voss Foundation supporters!

I recently returned from two thought-provoking days at the 2013 WASH Sustainability Forum. This year’s forum examined the role of collaboration, particularly with governments, in ensuring lasting WASH services. The conference brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, from NGOs to donors to local governments, to discuss strengthening collaboration with governments and other development partners around the world. I began to reflect on how Voss Foundation fit into that paradigm.

 Since we built our solar-powered multi-access-point water systems in Kenya, the government has been able to expand medical and educational facilities. In 2010, the District Water thanked Voss Foundation and our partners, Milgis Trust, for our help in expanding access to clean water in Samburuland, first at a meeting with our President Knut Brundtland, and with a special follow-up letter saying “We welcome the work you have done. The projects are beautifully made, the people and the government of Kenya are grateful for your support that makes a big Difference.