On Saturday, March 21, FACE Africa, is hosting the 6th Annual WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Gala at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers in New York City. In recognition of United Nations’ World Water Day, the nonprofit is working to help reinforce WASH examinations and infrastructure across sub-Saharan Africa, focusing a special spotlight on Liberia. The theme for the 2015 gala is “Building Resilient Communities,” and it is showcasing the need for investments in basic transportation and essential hygienic services such as WASH in those given communities. The Ebola virus disease also plays a role in the preventive measures, since the virus spread rapidly across West Africa earlier this year, and Liberia was hit hardest. WASH services by FACE Africa, founded by millennial global leader Saran Kaba Jones, remain a force to be reckoned with in regard to helping prevent the spread of Ebola and to promote its containment.
The lack of available clean drinking water affects up to 1 billion people, and World Water Day helps bring attention to this worldwide issue. This year, the WASH Gala is seeking to raise $300,000, which will be used to supply 20,000 people with clean water in Rivercess County, a remote region in Liberia. In the evening there will be a cocktail reception, premium open bar, and live music and entertainment.
FACE Africa’s Founder and Executive Director Saran Kaba Jones said of the event, “We’re excited to come together once again to raise awareness and funds for an issue that affects 350 million people in Africa — the lack of access to safe drinking water. This year with the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa, we saw how important WASH is, as it directly improves health by promoting best hygiene practices and reducing disease transmission.”
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