FACE Africa hosts 12th WASH Gala in New York, raises funds for projects in Liberia
After a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FACE Africa at the weekend hosted its 12th Annual WASH Gala in New York City, United States, welcoming guests to a night of impact and celebration.
The event, which set a $200,000 goal, has so far collectively raised $140,000 through ticket purchases, live donations and sponsorships. Funds raised from the evening will go directly towards providing vital access to sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities to last mile communities in Liberia, as well as in-depth training in health, water pump maintenance, financial management and nutrition, to residents in those communities.
For 12 years, the FACE Africa WASH Gala has served as the annual gathering spot to raise awareness and funds for clean water projects while celebrating the contributions of the diaspora community to development on the African continent.
The WASH Gala is an official UN World Water Day event and helps shine the spotlight on the global water and sanitation crisis, as well as empowering people to take action to change the lives of people on the continent.
FACE Africa was founded in 2009, by Liberian, Saran Kaba Jones, who fled the county when she was eight years old due to the civil war and returned when she was 28 years old, to help rebuild her nation.
“We’re thrilled by the outpouring of support and generosity tonight. By simply buying a ticket to attend, you changed an entire household’s life by gifting them clean water, sanitation, hand washing facilities, education in maintenance, financial management and health,” Jones said.
“By making a donation, you showed that through your courageous action, you are willing to sacrifice some of your hard earned money for people you may never meet, but whose lives will be forever changed, because of you.”
The night was hosted by author and media personality, Shoana Cachelle, whose electric energy helped rally guests to make live donations during the event.
The evening included captivating videos from the organization’s recent work in Liberia, highlighting inspiring stories from individuals directly impacted by their projects, as well as remarks by Former WASH Gala ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award Honoree and CEO of Global Black Economic Forum, Alphonso David, FACE Africa’s COO and Field Director, Pauline Egan, and Abiola Oke, FACE Africa’s recently appointed Board Chair.
This year’s WASH Gala sponsors included the Niraj Bhatia Foundation who’s Founder, Mr. Niraj Bhatia pledged to match a portion of the total donations made, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, Moët & Chandon, and the Cordes Foundation. Photos from the evening can be found here.