Houstonians descended upon the elegant Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery, many donning blue attire, for the Go Blue for Clean Water (GBFCW) soiree and fundraiser. The event was presented by Change Agents, QMEvents, and the GBFCW Foundation to benefit The Water Project. Notable Houstonians were in attendance such as former VH1 TV star Porsche Abraham, men’s style expert Fola Lawson, David Anderson of 20.10 Media, and Change Agents co-founders Andre Kohn and TJ Tijani.
GBFCW is a nonprofit organization founded by Cecile Mengue. She started fundraising for clean water projects in 2011 after a trip back to her home country of Cameroon, Central Africa where she relived the magnitude of the global water crisis. As the founder of Cecile and Companies, a luxury events and lifestyle management company, and a project manager by profession, Mengue felt she had a responsibility to provide access to clean drinking water to those in need and to raise awareness of their plight. With the support of financial professionals, Tiffany Douglas and African Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Sanmi Akinmulero, GBFCW Foundation was incorporated in Houston as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity with a commitment to excellence. GBFCW Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region.
“Water changes everything,” Mengue said. Why water? The lack of clean water causes 80 percent of all illnesses and diseases in developing countries. And of the 42,000 deaths due to unsafe water every week, 90 percent of them are children under 5 years old. Many people, mostly women and children, will spend more than 3 hours per day collecting and carrying water that will eventually make them sick. Fundraising and other administrative costs comprise less than 7 percent of the blue party expenses; 93 percent of all donations go directly to programs that help bring clean water to those in need.
For more information, visit www.thewaterproject.org.
Sarni graduated from the acclaimed Medill School of Journalism and has published articles for publications nationwide. When not seeking new adventures in her neck of the woods or across the continents, she enjoys her work as a branding and public relations specialist. She helps develop and expand luxury, lifestyle and conscious brands. Sarni believes the irony in travel is that the more you explore humanity’s differences, the more you realize just how connected we all truly are.