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Get ready for Dinners for Dignity

June 18, 2014  |   Events,Fundraising,General news,Sierra Leone   |

Get ready for Dinners for Dignity

1st - 31st October 2014 This October, you can save lives from your kitchen. Dinners for Dignity is an exciting and easy way for you to fundraise without having to run a marathon or climb a mountain. Simply hold a dinner party for your friends, and ask them for donations in return for the meal.  You don’t have to cook a 3 course dinner; you could throw a house party, have a bonfire and bbq, or try a poetry evening, enjoy autumn cocktails or nibbles at a Halloween party, you can really make your dinner your own. One host this year is holding a bonanza of a barn dance! So don’t be afraid to be a little different – plan something you’ll enjoy. We have some great tips to help you create an unforgettable dinner, along with ideas for recipes kindly donated by Giorgio Locatelli and some of the UK’s top food bloggers. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!   The money you raise will go towards our projects in Sierra Leone, helping to bring life-saving sanitation and clean water to thousands of people.

Festival Kenya a roaring success

January 27, 2014  |   Events,Featured project,General news,Kenya,Water   |

Festival Kenya a roaring success

Over £60,000 raised for water in Kenya On November 21st last year, over 400 people came together in the heart of London to raise money for a sustainable water project in northern Kenya. We set out to re-imagine the black tie dinner, and laid on an evening of entertainment to celebrate Kenya's rich culture. With Dawa cocktails, Samburu dancing and a London debut fashion show from FAFA, our guests truly saw the real face of contemporary Kenya. You can find a full selection of photographs from the evening here. Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone who came along we beat our target of £60,000, allowing us to build two sustainable rainwater reservoirs in drought-stricken Laikipia in the north of Kenya. Laikipia is home to one of the most vibrant ecosystems on our planet, but increasingly extreme weather has caused severe droughts which threaten the lives of the nomadic Samburu people and local wildlife. Working closely with the Samburu and The Samburu Trust - our Kenyan based partners - we can now build the first two in a network of six rainwater reservoirs. The reservoirs will bring ...

Hosting our first conference in India

September 24, 2013  |   Events,General news,India,Uncategorized   |

Hosting our first conference in India

In August, Wherever the Need India organised a conference in Pondicherry. The conference centred on The Sunley Foundation funded research project that we have been undertaking for the past two years. The research project, a collaboration with Annamalai University, one of the largest Universities in SE Aasia, is a three year programme monitoring the agricultural benefits of ‘human’ compost and fertiliser – something of which our ecosan toilets give us plenty! Initially the conference was planned for an expected 150 attendees, but after invitations were dispatched over 450 senior scientists from across India applied to attend, and over 260 research papers submitted. The final decision on numbers maintained the 150 attendees, and these were based on the quality of the papers they wanted to present. The event was opened by Smt Sheela Shanta Nair, one of India’s leading civil servants who is now Deputy Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Planning Commission. WTN UK’s scientific representative was Professor Stephen Northcliff of Reading University. The three day meeting was closed by Dr Ramamourti, the Pondicherry Government’s Minister of Agriculture.

Art for charity in Bath

July 01, 2013  |   Events,Fundraising,General news   |

Art for charity in Bath

Popped up in Bath Local art exhibition in Bath throughout July will raise funds for our sanitation projects For the month of July 2013, 7 Abbey Green in Bath will be the home of Popped Up Art - a selection of work by 15 local artists available to the public at affordable prices. There will be glass, ceramic, silver, paintings, prints, textiles and a whole lot more. All the proceeds from sales will be donated to us at Wherever the Need to help fund our life-saving sanitation projects in some of the poorest places in the world. If you are in the area, please come along to support us and Bath's independent artists. Find out more on the Popped Up Art website here. [nggallery id=81]

Ripples London to Paris cycle challenge

April 09, 2013  |   Events,Fundraising,General news   |

Ripples London to Paris cycle challenge

Ripples rides for toilets Bathroom retailer Ripples have been dedicated supporters of Wherever the Need for several years now, having already raised £10,000 for eco-toilets, clean water and a livelihood programme in Tamil Nadu, India. Showrooms all over the country have been taking part in the fundraising activities, and this latest challenge will bring staff together from around the UK. On 16th May, a team of 21 cyclists will tackle the challenging 220-mile ride from London to Paris in just 3 days. The group, which includes MD Paul Crow and brand manager Juliet Harris, are aiming to raise £2,000 to further support their sanitation and clean water project in the village of Arasur, India. They have been training hard over the past months, braving freezing weather and suffering injury, but their determination has carried them on. [caption id="attachment_7244" align="alignright" width="300"] © Ripples[/caption] On the team website, Paul Crow writes "When Ripples started raising money for...Wherever The Need, we didn't really know what we were letting ourselves in for to be honest.  A luxury bathroom company providing Ecosan...facilities for a small village in India seemed the perfect match and helped create a nice feel-good ...

Bath Half Marathon 2013

March 04, 2013  |   Events,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Bath Half Marathon 2013

Almost 40 runners completed the Bath Half Marathon for Wherever the Need on Sunday 3rd March. This was a brilliant turnout considering that this year was the first year that we have officially participated in the Bath Half Marathon. Whilst the weather was slightly chilly, our team weren’t disheartened, and dove enthusiastically into the challenge. Together, the team has raised over £5,000 to provide Krishnapuram High School with much-needed sanitation. This is an incredible achievement for a small group of people who have had to train through ice and snow. Their commitment can be seen in their individual stories. The Hart Family raised over £1,000 to help Wherever the Need provide sanitation to those who need it most. Not only did the Hart Family do a fantastic job of raising funds, they encouraged friends to run the Bath Half too. Each member of the family finished in an impressive time, securing an extra £400 in sponsorship. Despite being hampered by a foot injury, Will finished the race just 5 minutes later than Nick and Chris. Emma Davey and Laura James documented their Bath Half journeys by blogging about their experience running for Wherever ...

Ripples London to Paris Bike Ride

July 05, 2012  |   Events,General news,Projects,Uncategorized   |

Ripples London to Paris Bike Ride

You may well have heard about our partnership with Ripples Bathrooms, who are helping to raise funds for our project in the village of Arasur in Tamil Nadu, India. Well the fundraising recently reached new gruelling highs with Paul Crow, Managing Director of Ripples Ltd, cycling unsupported from London to Paris.  The 200 miles trip, via Newhaven, Dieppe and Giesors, took him three days, during which he burnt around 15,000 calories and ground through 70,000 pedal strokes. His trip was recently featured in both the West Wilts and the South Wilts Magazines, a copy of which you can find below.  If you would like to support Paul you can donate below. You can donate online using paypal below. Thank you! Please donate... Yes No Are you a UK taxpayer and can we claim gift aid? Would you like to receive our occasional newsletter?

Charity Winter Ball Update

May 21, 2012  |   Events,General news,India   |

Charity Winter Ball Update

Winter Ball raises £85,000 for project in India In December 2011, over 460 people gathered for the Just Need Ball at The Dorchester Hotel in London, to support the work we are doing in India. Organised by an experienced committee made up of well known figures in the commercial property field, the evening, at which Michael Portillo was the guest speaker, was a great success and raised a total of £85,000 to spend on projects. The money raised will be going to create much needed infrastructure in several slums on the periphery of Pondicherry in the State of Tamil Nadu, in the south-east of India. Our major focus is the provision of sanitation and clean water as the foundation to helping people work their own way out of poverty; after all, who is able to work hard to improve their lives (be it in education or employment) if they are constantly ill? This particular area was chosen as it is an extension to an earlier successful project run in the same district. Not only will more than 1,300 people have access to sustainable sanitation and 2,500 people be provided with ...

Always a champion in our eyes

March 05, 2012  |   Events,General news,Kenya   |

Always a champion in our eyes

As the Bath half Marathon draws near, we are lucky enough to have some wonderful supporters running to raise funds for Wherever the Need's work. Oliver Gould is one such person, running the half-marathon twice in one day in memory of his good friend Jessica Gunn, who was sadly taken from her family and friends last Summer. Oliver remembers that "there are two things that Jessica was hugely passionate about throughout her life, the beauty of Nature and people. Her love for these two things really defined her by showing us all how enormously gentle and caring she was".  Jessica was a supporter of one of Wherever the Need's collaborative projects in Kenya, which Oliver is choosing to support in memory of her. Please help us support Oliver, by donating through his Virgin Money Giving page or by cheering him on the day!

Exclusive Art Offer

February 28, 2012  |   Events,General news   |

Exclusive Art Offer

London gallery IAP Fine Art is offering you £50 off the normal £550 purchase price for a limited edition Chris Gollon print. From each purchase £150 will be donated to Wherever The Need *   There are only 40 of the 100 silk-screen prints left, each signed and numbered by the artist. This wonderful image of Albert Einstein is an official study for the painting 'Einstein & The Jealous Monk' by Chris Gollon, now hanging in the permanent collection of Huddersfield Art Gallery alongside works by Bacon, Sickert and also Sir Jacob Epstein's bust of Einstein. The critical acclaim for Chris Gollon's work is growing. He and his gallery are long-term supporters of ours and we are thrilled that they are continuing to help Wherever the Need. To purchase one of these beautiful silk-screen prints (unframed) simply buy online from IAP Fine Art, London. To get your £50 discount and to ensure £150 is donated to WTN, at the online checkout enter the discount code: WTN2012 If you prefer to buy a framed print, contact David Tregunna at IAP Fine Art (

The Big Garden Give

August 02, 2011  |   Events,General news   |

The Big Garden Give

Thanks to the Big Give, for one day only, Sir Alec Reed will open his award winning Manor House gardens to the public. Join them for a chance to see these magnificent gardens, and even enjoy a picnic or cream tea in the grounds.   Tickets are £5 each, and can be bought from the Big Give here. Upon entry, the Big Give will give each visitor a £5 gift voucher to give to a charity of your choice on theBigGive.org.uk - please choose Wherever the Need! Date: Sunday 21st August 2011 Time: 2pm - 5pm Find out more here.

The world walks for World Water Day

February 08, 2011  |   Events,General news,Sanitation,Water   |

The world walks for World Water Day

You can raise awareness of sanitation and water issues... The World Walks for Water is a global event from 19-22 March 2011, that aims to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and critically, demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day. Millions of people walk 6 kilometres every day just to collect water for their basic needs. Billions have no safe place to go to the toilet. Lack of water and sanitation traps people in a vicious circle of disease, lost life chances and poverty. On World Water Day 2011 thousands of people across the globe will walk together for 6 kilometres to demand an end to this crisis. The walks will build on the success of the World’s Longest Toilet Queue in 2010, and demand that politicians in the North and the South keep their promises and step up their efforts to ensure water and sanitation for all people, everywhere. We need YOU to get involved, too. Now is the time to tell the world’s politicians about our concern. Now is the time the World Walks for Water. Visit the website to find out more & take part: http://www.worldwalksforwater.org/eng

World Toilet Day, November 19th

World Toilet Day, November 19th

November 19th is World Toilet Day. Join the Big Squat! A day to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation. Where there are no toilets: 2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, which risks their health, strips their dignity, and kills 1.8 million people, mostly children, a year. Diarrhoeal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS. That's 5,000 children DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not only that, but the disease kills more children than either malaria or AIDS, stunts growth, and forces millions - adults and children alike - to spend weeks at a time off work or school, which hits both a country's economy and its citizens' chances of a better future. The majority of the illness in the world is caused by faecal matter. Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection. One gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs. Safe disposal of children's faeces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhoea. Wherever the ...

Not just another bog standard charity event

November 09, 2010  |   Events,General news,Sanitation   |

Not just another bog standard charity event

Our Doorway to Dignity campaign reached new heights last week as stars from the stage, sports field, music world, political arena and the arts helped us raise £40,000 to provide sanitation for people in the developing world. Famous faces from Conservative leader David Cameron to actor Kenneth Branagh, pop star Geri Halliwell to model Lily Cole submitted artwork which was auctioned at London's Tabernaccle club last Thursday night (4th November 2010). Some took photographs, some added glitter, some used text to decorate their designs, some (like the Prime Minister) had help from their children. But each and every contribution had one very important thing in common. All artwork involved in the auction was based on the template of the 'toilet people' - those familiar signs we see outside toilets everywhere. The subject matter might not be your average after dinner conversation but there was nothing bog standard about this event - or the attendees who included celebrity guests Gabby and Kenny Logan and Merlin actress Angel Coulby. Gabby, whose contribution to the auction was a combined effort with her husband, commented: "Lots of charities fight for your attention This project ...

Get involved in our charity auction!

October 29, 2010  |   Events,General news   |

Get involved in our charity auction!

As you may know our Doorway to Dignity auction event takes place next Thursday, November 4th. Of course, the items in the main auction will go to the highest bidder on the night, but the silent auction is open to everybody. So why not join in? Here is the full list: http://wherevertheneed.org.uk/how-you-can-help/doorway-to-dignity/ All celebrity artwork has a starting bid of £50 All artists work has a starting bid of £200 Once you have selected the item or items you would like to bid on, then email us at: info@wherevertheneed.org.uk Let us know the artist’s name, a maximum bid amount (just like eBay) and your full contact details by 16.00 on Wednesday, November 3rd. If you have placed the winning bid, we will notify you after the 4th November and arrange payment. There are some great pieces of artwork and where there are two pieces by the same person (e.g. Alistair McGowan or Sienna Miller) then the bid will cover both. Geri Halliwell only did one; Ginger spice in the infamous Union flag outfit. Have a look and make a choice – it could make a very unusual Christmas gift! Update: Thank you everyone who made a bid on the silent auction, the online bid is now closed. ...