FACE Africa will host their 9th Annual WASH, (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala on Saturday March 31, 2018 at The Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The Gala takes place on the heels of World Water Day, (March 22nd) and aims to bring awareness to the growing clean
water epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nearly 850 million people globally lack access to safe water supply sources, with 300 million people in Africa alone affected everyday. “Clean water is a catalyst for change,” says FACE Africa Founder & CEO, Saran Kaba Jones. “It is the first and most important step to lifting communities out of a cycle of illness and poverty, and also a powerful way to empower women and girls who are disproportionately burdened by the
scarcity of safe water.”
The theme for this year’s gala, “Water Fuels the Future” recognizes that the availability of clean drinking water is a prerequisite to achieving other development indicators like health, education, gender equality, growth, community commerce, agriculture, and self sufficiency. This year FACE Africa is partnering with The Last Well, a non-profit organization with a mission to reach all of Liberia with clean water. Through this partnership, FACE Africa’s goal is to reach nearly 400,000 people in three Liberian counties by the end of 2020. FACE Africa has also launched its inaugural clean water program in Osun State, Nigeria in partnership with the Omoba Gbolahan Ayoola Foundation.
More than just a gathering of influencers in development, finance, entertainment and art, the WASH Gala is an annual celebration and an opportunity for guests to learn more about the critical work of the organization and how they can get involved. With 40 countries represented and 8,000 dedicated supporters, the FACE Africa WASH Gala has grown to become one of the premier gatherings of young diaspora professionals in
the U.S. with an impressive list of supporters including NBA Hall of Famer and Philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Author and Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the Water Initiative’s Mr. Kevin McGovern, Urban League President Marc Morial and Nigerian Philanthropist Tony Elumelu.
This year’s honoree is Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, and the WASH Gala will be Chaired by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. Sponsors include Sundial brands, the September 20 Foundation, RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas, FTI Consulting, and Ndini, a multimedia platform that tells the extraordinary and untold stories of African women.