Two Years After the Utoya Island Tragedy, Let Us Live and Drink in Peace.

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Love and Life Trump Tragedy, Improve Lives in Africa
and Create a Global Community

PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK – July 22, 2013 – Two years ago, Tove and Arnulf Bergum lost their 19-year old daughter, Lene Maria in the shooting on Utoya Island, Norway that claimed 77 lives. But, that isn’t what they want you to remember about her.

Instead, they’ve spent the past two years raising funds to build water projects in Kenya and Liberia to honor her memory. They coordinated their efforts with Voss Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. They felt this was exactly how Lene Maria would want to be remembered, noting that “her friends have described her as the world’s nicest person and that she cared about everyone and everything.”

Thanks to their efforts and unprecedented public support they inspired, three water projects have been completed thus far, bringing clean water to close to 5,000 people in seven Sub-African communities. Prior to these projects, people in these communities, particularly the women and children, had to walk long distances to collect water from open streams, which are often contaminated.

In February, 2013, the Bergums accompanied members of the Voss Foundation to Masiketa, Kenya to see the results first hand.

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