Saran Kaba Jones
Saran Kaba Jones, is founder of FACE Africa, a non-for-profit organization that provides access to clean, safe and portable drinking water for rural communities in Liberia, using an inventive social enterprise model to fund water projects.
Thousands of Liberians continue to benefit from this project.
Jones’s story is an uplifting one most young Liberians connect to. After fleeing Liberia just before what would later on become a 14-year civil war, she returned in 2008 to make life pretty comfortable for some of the faces she left behind for the United States.
Her first project was in Barnersville, located in a community of about 600 people in Liberia. Working with local organizations, FACE Africa helped to install handpumps and built wells. They also constructed latrines. Currently, the Barnersville project supplies some 20,000 liters of clean drinking water each day to hundreds of homes in the West African country.
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 $800,000 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 Coca Cola Company. The organization has implemented over 50 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects that have benefit more than 25,000 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. 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.
More recently, FACE Africa was at the forefront of Ebola response efforts in Rivercess County, Liberia, where they conducted social mobilization, prevention and awareness and community engagement programs.
For more about Saran visit www.faceafrica.org
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