Singer-songwriter, author, philanthropist, and founder of Project Clean Water Jewel was honored yesterday at the VOSS Foundation’s Sixth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon at the Stephan Weiss Studio. The consummate storyteller moved the room recounting her experiences growing up in Alaska and battling illness while homeless in Los Angeles, followed by a two song performance: Hands from her 1998 album, Spirit as well as Mercy from her recently released album Picking Up The Pieces.
The benefit raised over $107,000 to fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for Good Future Hope Foundation’s five new homes which will provide safe accommodations to homeless children and orphans in the Nakisunga region of Uganda. Over 2oo guests dined amongst the rustic décor and vibrant floral centerpieces as the afternoon’s Mistress of Ceremonies- writer, producer, author- Susan Fales-Hill, engaged the crowd sharing stories and encouraging guests to donate “at least what they spent on their last outfit” for this worthy cause.
The 2015 Women Helping Women honorees; Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Magatte Wade, CEO and Founder of Tiossan; Robert (Tenny) and Kimberly Field, Philanthropists as well as Jewel, were each presented with a hand-made beaded walking-stick from Samburu, Kenya used by nomadic pastoralist.
During cocktail hour, guests shopped the foundation’s celebrated African Bazaar, which sells artisanal handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, and toys purchased directly from communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda where the organization works.
Additional attendees included: Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi, Simon Doonan, Clionda Egan, Sophie Elgort, Susan Fales-Hill, Kara Gerson, Angelina Jolin, Christine Mack, Edris Nichols, Oluchi Orlandi, Sanjay Rawal, Tracy Reese, Rori Sassoon, Suzanne Scott Pepperdine, Jane Sutherland, and Latham Thomas.
The afternoon received support from Cliffton Dry, Etienne Aigner, Mama Glow, Modern Luxury MANHATTAN, PTL Events, Studio3, Urban Zen, and VOSS Artesian Water.
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).
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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(All pictures taken by Patrick McMullan, Courtesy of VOSS Foundation)