"Engagement is the pathway to empowerment and when communities are empowered to take control of a situation for themselves, you see meaningful change." Our CEO, Saran Kaba Jones and Business Development Officer, Dave Norman co-authored a piece for the World Economic Forum blog on the need to involve local organizations and communities when tackling epidemics such as Ebola. Full story here: http://forumblog.org/2014/10/ebola-virus-health-lessons/
On September 30, 2014 our CEO, Saran Kaba Jones, was selected as the youngest member of the newly established UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB) for West & Central Africa. The 12-member Advisory Board launched in Dakar will play an important consulting role, providing strategic advice on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and on all other UN Women’s thematic priorities. It will further work to strengthen existing partnerships and increase strategic dialogue between UN Women and civil society in the region. Full Story: http://www.unwomenwestandcentralafrica.com/news1/civil-society-is-one-of-the-main-components-of-un-women-un-women-launches-its-regional-civil-society-advisory-group-in-west-and-central-africa
Part of our ability, as a global community, to respond to the current Ebola crisis in West Africa and to future crises that will inevitably arise from natural disaster, political instability and widespread health epidemics, will be to effectively learn from past interventions and adapt our practices appropriately to improve on both coordination, mobilization, impact and long-term outcomes.
On Sunday August 31st, FACE Africa organized its 1st Annual ‘Goals for Water’ charity soccer match at New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5, an event to raise awareness and funds for the provision of clean and safe drinking water, to some of the most remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
On July 26th our diverse team at FACE Africa gathered in our Boston office, situated in the Next Mile Project nonprofit accelerator space on the Boston harbor front, to discuss a new stage in the evolution of the organization and the strategic direction over the next five years.
We’re proud to be a part of the Next Mile Project family. Read more about how the Next Mile Project is working to bring together nonprofits, innovative philanthropy and the private sector. » “The benefits of the working space are immediately apparent. Last Mile Health is already discussing how to work with FACE Africa, another organization that does work in Liberia. The rural healthcare organization is set to conduct an evaluation of interventions in one part of the country. FACE Africa’s approach to improving access to water may just be a part of that evaluation.”
—Full article at: http://www.humanosphere.org/basics/2014/06/boston-nonprofit-hub-sparks-collaboration-shared-work-space/?utm_content=buffer8bb9a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
we are so proud of the ongoing work to rehabilitate broken hand pumps in Rivercess County. Huge thanks to our field team Emmett, Patrick, Reynold and JJ along with our partner GUCDA for the hard work! #itstartswithwater
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Another milestone for FACE Africa!
We are the proud owner of a Totoya Hilux pickup truck thanks to funds raised from our Car for Good Indiegogo
campaign and in part to the recent funding we received from Chevron Liberia.
We are so grateful to all those who supported our crowdfunding campaign. This truck means so much to us and will allow us to get even further to bring safe drinking water to remote communities in rural Liberia! As you know we work in areas that are isolated and have not been touched by much external support due to distance, bad roads, and weak infrastructure. Our new truck will be instrumental in getting our team to the field, transporting the necessary materials and equipments needed to implement our projects, and taking us to more areas that are in need so that we can conduct feasibility studies and assessments. Most importantly, having a strong, reliable 4x4 will ensure our team’s safety and security.
Today our team took off for Rivercess on a 4-day assessment trip and words cannot adequately express how excited we are and what this truck means to us. Thank you for continuing to support us!
- Team FACE Africa
In March 2014, FACE Africa completed a water project in the community of Little Liberia. The project was funded through our partner the Voss Foundation and Sports Illustrated Supermodel, Ariel Meredith who hosted a benefit event at Georgica in the Hamptons.
View photos from the entire implementation process and read the final report and more about the fundraiser from the Voss Foundation.
“Water’s centrality to development is no longer debatable – a fact that has been proven throughout history. And yet, water’s social, economic and environmental value is often overlooked,” Hon. Sarah Reng Ochekpe, Nigeria’s Minister for Water Resources
Today, May 21st FACE Africa signed its largest single grant with Chevron Liberia. $100,000 to build 20 water projects in Rivercess County! The grant is part of the Chevron-Liberia Economic Development (C-LED) Initiative. Through this five-year effort, Chevron has committed to social investment programs designed to improve lives by focusing on three strategic areas: health, education and economic development.
David Norman, Our Chief Business Development Officer, was a panelist for the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH): Tools and Approaches for Future Practitioners panel discussion for the 11th Annual IPSA Conference on the campus of New York University (NYU). The NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the International Public Service Association collaborate annually to host the IPSA conference as a way to raise awareness of international public service issues. The IPSA Conference is primarily focused on the areas of interest in international public management, policy, finance, health, as well as urban planning.