OE WOMEN WATCH: MEET SARAN KABA JONES - FOUNDER OF FACE AFRICA

 International Women’s Day is a global event dedicated to women’s accomplishments and leadership. It is officially recognized by the United Nations as “a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.” This year's International Women’s Day fell on March 8. Please join Olamild Entertainment this week as we celebrate phenomenal African women making positive impact around the world.

A Liberian national, Saran Kaba Jones is the founder of Face Africa, a non-profit organization that provides access to clean and safe drinking water for rural communities in Liberia, using an innovative social enterprise model to fund water projects. Face Africa was launched in 2009, and has provided clean water to thousands of rural Liberians.

FACE Africa was established and incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) organization in January 2009. In late 2009, the organization won a $10,000 grant from the Davis Project for Peace and completed its first clean water project in partnership with Clean Water for Kids. The project was implemented in Barnesville, Greater Monrovia and involved the installation of a water purification system, known by its trade name as the Skyhydrant, capable of producing up to 20,000 liters of drinking water per day. Approximately 300 people benefited from the project. Since 2009, FACE Africa has raised over $250,000 for clean water projects in Liberia with support from partners like the Voss Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Community Giving, P&G’s Covergirl, The Global Neighborhood Fund, Chevron and The Segal Family Foundation.

The organization has implemented over a dozen projects that have benefit more than 10,000 residents. In January 2013, FACE Africa launched an ambitious new initiative to provide complete water coverage to the entire county of River Cess, one of the most marginalized regions in Liberia, under-served in water and sanitation and least likely to be served through the efforts of government and other agencies. The initiative, known as County-by-County or CbC, intends to build 250 water points over a 3 to 5 year period and will address the county's challenge in meeting the Millennium Development Goal for water by 2017. Once completed, CbC will benefit over 60,000 residents, and will ensure that River Cess meets the Liberian Government’s 250 persons per safe waterpoint standard. In recognition of her commitment to clean water initiatives in Liberia, Saran was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for the county of River Cess, Liberia in 2012. In her role as Goodwill Ambassador, she is tasked with encouraging and promoting business and philanthropic investments throughout the county.

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