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We are changing!

February 05, 2016  |   Events,General news,Uncategorized   |

We are changing!

    Wherever the Need is changing! More information March 22nd 2016. We work in some of the poorest parts of the world building life-saving eco-toilets, clean water and livelihoods systems. Our VISION is a world where everyone has access to clean, safe sanitation  

Monkton Combe School raise money for school ecosan

February 05, 2016  |   Education,Fundraising,General news,India   |

Monkton Combe School raise money for school ecosan

    Huge thank you to Carrie Morley, all the students and especially the charity committee (Jed, Sofya, Harry, Eddy and Billy) at Monkton Combe School, near Bath.  We are delighted to announce the school has chosen Wherever the Need as their nominated charity for 2016. The pupils will be committing to a number of fundraising events throughout the year, starting with a non-uniform ...

We value our volunteers – Mary Stansfeld

January 13, 2016  |   General news,Newsletters,Uncategorized   |

We value our volunteers – Mary Stansfeld

    Mary Stansfeld has recently retired after a 30 year career with the British Council (The British Council is a registered charity specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities).  Mary has travelled extensively, working in 14 different countries (including Nigeria, China, Italy, Poland, Middle East) a real mix of developed and third world countries. However, Mary has always felt a close connection with African countries, her very first overseas posting in ...

We value our volunteers – Caroline Biebuyck

January 13, 2016  |   General news,Newsletters,Uncategorized   |

We value our volunteers – Caroline Biebuyck

  Caroline Biebuyck walked her way into volunteering for Wherever the Need after a chance meeting with Andy Barrs, our co-founder, some 4 1/2 years ago, while out walking her dogs in the fields close to our offices. Only the day before she had moved to the village after spending 19 years travelling and working abroad, spending 14 years in Hong Kong and 4 years in Slovenia. She started ...

Tamil Nadu: Emergency flood appeal

January 06, 2016  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Uncategorized   |

Tamil Nadu: Emergency flood appeal

        Tamil Nadu struggling to return to normality after floods The recent Chennai floods devastated the city, the government reported that over 300 people died during the flood and thousands lost their homes. Bhuvanagiri (where we mainly work), Chidambaram and Kurinjipadi blocks were the most affected. [caption id="attachment_10865" align="aligncenter" width="608"]

World Toilet Day – 19th November 2015

World Toilet Day – 19th November 2015

Why do we need a day for Toilets? WE CAN’T WAIT WHILE 2.5 BILLION PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO SANITATION. #WORLDTOILETDAY The ‘silent’ sanitation crisis is a ticking time bomb which affects billions of people around the world. 

Let’s Talk Toilets

October 29, 2015  |   Education,General news,Uncategorized   |

Let’s Talk Toilets

    Victoria's story and what inspired her to become our Schools Ambassador. It all started in 2011 when a friend captured my imagination (and full attention!) when talking about the work of the charity Wherever The Need. I was totally inspired and instantly wanted to learn more about their work. The following year I found myself on a plane bound for India wanting to fully understand the extent of ...

Global Handwashing Day 15th October 2015

October 13, 2015  |   General news,Sanitation,Uncategorized   |

Global Handwashing Day 15th October 2015

    October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This year’s theme for Global Handwashing Day is “Raise a hand for hygiene”! Every year, 1.7 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. Each day 2,195 children die ...

A Recipe by Atul Kochhar …

October 01, 2015  |   General news,India,Newsletters,Uncategorized   |

A Recipe by Atul Kochhar …

  Atul is one of the most critically acclaimed chefs in Britain for his take on modern Indian cuisine. Michelin-starred chef Atul has a unique talent for changing the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine.  Atul combines his Indian heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique and innovative modern Indian menu. Meen Moilee or coconut fish curry is perfectly warming, ...

Ripples raise money for Melamoongiladi

September 29, 2015  |   Events,Fundraising,General news,India,Uncategorized   |

Ripples raise money for Melamoongiladi

Luxury bathroom retailers Ripples have been dedicated supporters of Wherever the Need for several years, having previously raised £10,000 for ecosan toilets, clean water and a livelihood programme for the village of Arasur in Tamil Nadu, India. On October 1st a team of 11 from Ripples, including Becky Moorcroft, our Fundraising Manager embarked on a 3 day, 211 mile cycling challenge from London to Paris.  The team was headed by Ripples ...

Back to school

Back to school

    Maharunisha is from Odakanallore, near Cuddalore in India.  She is in the 9th grade at Chandra Girls Secondary School. Her story is just one example of how sanitation projects in schools can make a difference. "Before the ecosan toilet block was constructed, we all used ...

Ecosan toilet increases crop yields

August 18, 2015  |   Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Ecosan toilet increases crop yields

Why do we use ecosan?   They are ecological - Ecosan toilets turn what is usually regarded as waste into a safe affordable compost and fertiliser, returning valuable nutrients to the soil and helping to increase crop yields. Our ecosan toilets function efficiently because they separate the solid waste from the urine. The solid waste is stored in a chamber until it composts and is then remove making a ...

Felequoma appeal – Sierra Leone

Felequoma appeal – Sierra Leone

    Felequoma village, Barri Chiefdom, is home to 350 people, they have no toilets, clean drinking water, school or health clinic. The villagers collect water from a swamp half a kilometre outside the village. It's dirty and unhygienic; totally unfit for human consumption and repeatedly causes severe and life threatening diseases. Without access to toilets people ...

We value our volunteers

August 14, 2015  |   Fundraising,General news   |

We value our volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers, we understand how precious time is.  We are incredibly grateful to anyone willing to give it up to help others, it makes a real difference. Thank You. We would like to introduce Angela Russell who has recently joined our team as a volunteer.  Angela is working closely with Becky Moorcroft our fundraising manager, researching charitable trusts and foundations.

David Brackenridge cycles for ’50th’ Birthday

July 24, 2015  |   Events,Fundraising,General news   |

David Brackenridge cycles for ’50th’ Birthday

David is one of the founding members of BHT (Professional Surveyors and Property Agents) based in Leeds.  David will be celebrating his 50th Birthday with a cycling challenge from Lands End to John O' Groats starting on 15th August. The challenge:  Cycling an incredible 990 miles in 9 days, approximately 110 miles per day.  David's good friend Andy Wilcock will be joining him on the cycle challenge and ...

Our work in Sierra Leone shows visible impact

July 20, 2015  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone   |

Our work in Sierra Leone shows visible impact

  I’ve recently returned from Sierra Leone, where I spent many days in the remote chiefdoms of Pejeh and Barri in Pujehun district. I have come back more convinced than ever that supporting these people in their endless fight against poverty is one of the most important things that our charity can do. Life in Sierra Leone remains incredibly tough; the country ranks 5th from the bottom of the ...

My trip to India by Becky Moorcroft

July 17, 2015  |   General news,India   |

My trip to India by Becky Moorcroft

I arrvied in Chennai, India on 29th June 2015 .  Within minutes of leaving the airport, I witnessed first-hand the inner city slums of Chennai. I was expecting the slums to be fairly self-contained and occupy a particular area of the city. The reality is that the slums in Chennai are sprawled out, occupying scraps of space between hotels, apartments and shops. It’s hard to believe that ...

Fundraising challenge for Bath primary school

Fundraising challenge for Bath primary school

Local Bath primary school, St Philip's have teamed up with us to raise funds for a project in Sierra Leone. On Monday 13th July 2015, Louise Kirby-Garton (CEO Wherever the Need), Senesi Fawundu The Right Honourable MP for Pujehun District, Sierra Leone and his wife Mariama Fawundu, visited St Philip's primary school to meet the staff and children. [caption id="attachment_9291" align="aligncenter" width="608"]

Woman divorces husband over toilet

May 15, 2015  |   General news   |

Woman divorces husband over toilet

How much is a toilet worth? A woman in Bihar's Vaishali district in India has chosen to end her four-year-old marriage because her husband wouldn’t build a toilet in her two-room house. "I kept on asking him to get a toilet built, but he kept on making excuses. I had to face barbs and insults many times when I went out in the open. What other option did I ...

On a more academic note…

May 13, 2015  |   General news   |

On a more academic note…

Wherever the Need provides educational programmes before any sanitation project is delivered. Why? Because good sanitation is not only about building toilets - education and information are also crucial for the success of any sanitation project. A working paper on sanitation behaviour in rural north India, recently published by the International Growth Centre (IGC), seems to support this approach, with interesting behavioural facts that contribute to poor sanitation in ...

Going the extra mile for Wherever the Need…

May 08, 2015  |   General news   |

Going the extra mile for Wherever the Need…

London businessman Kevin McGrath is training for a triathlon in July. We caught up with Kevin to find out what motivates him, which part of the triathlon he's least looking forward to, and whether he secretly enjoys a bit of toilet humour. Q: Kevin, tell us what makes you tick? A: Besides being a successful businessman, I have a strong social conscience, and a desire to effect change for ...

Wherever the Need needs you!

April 20, 2015  |   General news   |

Wherever the Need needs you!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support our growing team and make a positive impact on our life-changing work in India and Sierra Leone. If you would like to develop your skills and gain first-hand experience in the area of international development then we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking for office-based support and the ideal person would have some experience working on ...

Update: Ebola and our work in Sierra Leone

August 14, 2014  |   General news,Sierra Leone   |

Update: Ebola and our work in Sierra Leone

As you may be aware, there is a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, this deadly virus has mainly effected the Kenema and Kailahun areas in the east of the country, but has also now spread to the regional capital of Bo. There are also now cases reported in Pujehun District, the area where we ...

A very Scilly swim

August 13, 2014  |   Fundraising,General news   |

A very Scilly swim

Sponsor a fundraiser - win prizes! Andrew Dobson is braving the British waters in the Scilly Swimming Challenge this autumn to raise money for our projects, and is offering prizes to make sponsorship a bit more fun. On the 7th September he is swimming a total of 13.5 miles in the following challenges:     Port Isaac Swim - 3 miles Scilly Swim ...

Sanitation initiative for Indian slums

July 21, 2014  |   General news,India,Projects,Sanitation   |

Sanitation initiative for Indian slums

We have developed a brilliantly simple solution to help mitigate the horrendous problems caused by a lack of sanitation in India’s slum areas. Using our unique waste management system, the content from the toilets is routinely collected by our own operatives and taken back to our central processing plant where it’s quickly composted down for agricultural use. The primary purpose of the project is, of course, to reduce disease ...

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Shenge village is a remote community in Barri Chiefdom, southeastern Sierra Leone, home to approximately 300 people. The village is very remote, two kilometres from the nearest dirt road. Much of the surrounding rainforest has been cleared for farming or rubber plantations, but there are still areas like Shenge that are vital forest wildlife habitats. When we first visited Shenge we found a very poor community who had no ...

Win a case of wine with Dinners for Dignity

July 09, 2014  |   Fundraising,General news   |

Win a case of wine with Dinners for Dignity

Dinners for Dignity is an exciting and easy way for you to make a lasting difference without having to run a marathon or climb a mountain. Simply hold a dinner party for your friends between 1st - 31st October, and ask them for donations in return for the meal.

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, ...

Too ill to work or learn

May 14, 2014  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

Too ill to work or learn

As part of our urban ecosan project currently in progress in Pondicherry (a bustling city on the south-east coast of India), we conducted a major health and wellbeing survey in each of the three slums in which we are going to be working. Our research in one of the slums uncovered two startling facts:   1  96% of working people have lost ...

What’s a toilet worth?

May 07, 2014  |   General news,Sanitation   |

What’s a toilet worth?

This excellent infographic from the World Bank very clearly shows the shocking economic impact of sanitation.      

A whole village transformed in rural India

A whole village transformed in rural India

More than 200 people helped with sanitation, clean water and housing in rural India thanks to the staff at Allsop In the summer of 2011, we were introduced to a rural village in south-east India called Sengal Odai. The 39 families (more than 200 people) of this community were living in some of the poorest conditions we had ever come across. One of the worst things we witnessed was ...

Cycling for Busu

March 26, 2014  |   Fundraising,General news,Sierra Leone   |

Cycling for Busu

On June 15th 2014, small teams will be cycling across the north Wiltshire countryside on either a 100km or a 100-mile route, with the sole aim to raise £31,000 to help the Busu community in Sierra Leone. Hundreds of villages in Sierra Leone were ravaged by the civil war, and Busu is no exception. The village is very rural, isolated and neglected by Government, being 200 miles ...

Bath Half raises over £1,000

Bath Half raises over £1,000

A dedicated team of ten ran the Bath Half marathon with us on the 2 March, raising £1,048 for sanitation in India. The money raised will enable us to build four more urgently-needed ecosan (composting) toilets for families in the village of Nathamedu in southern India, where the vast majority of people do not have any sanitation facilities and open defecation is commonplace. We would like to say a ...

Building children a future in Sierra Leone

January 27, 2014  |   Education,General news,Projects,Sierra Leone   |

Building children a future in Sierra Leone

Falcons School fundraises for primary education in Sierra Leone Last year, pupils, parents and staff from Falcons Boys Preparatory School in Richmond joined forces, raising over £10,000 towards education in Sierra Leone. Thanks to their phenomenal efforts, we have been able to build a primary school in Nyeyama village, bringing a good education to the children there for generations to come. Nyeyama is an impoverished and isolated village, home ...

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 ...

Comparison site with a conscience

January 08, 2014  |   General news   |

Comparison site with a conscience

If you are thinking about switching energy companies, you can support Wherever the Need whilst getting a cheaper price with Ethical Switching, a new comparison company whose sole purpose is to generate income for charities. We have been nominated as one of Ethical Switching's charities; when you compare and switch energy providers with them by using the postcode ...

Our Sierra Leone partner visits the UK

October 03, 2013  |   General news,Sierra Leone   |

Our Sierra Leone partner visits the UK

Senesi Fawundu MP, the director of our Sierra Leone partner organisation - the Pujehun Development Organisation (PDO) – recently visited the UK We have been working with the PDO in the Pejeh Chiefdom of Sierra Leone since 2006, after helping Senesi and his wife Mariama build a new well in the village of Gbongay. Since the success of this project, we have worked closely with our Sierra Leone ...

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 ...

A summer of fundraising

July 22, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news   |

A summer of fundraising

The Summer has only just begun, and we have several people eager and preparing for their fundraising challenges to help raise money for our work. One such person is Roberta Anderson, who is literally throwing caution to the wind on August 7th and jumping out of a plane to raise £1,500! She will of course be strapped to an experienced skydiver, but with a hatred of heights this will ...

Glastonbury volunteers raise £5,700

July 18, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news,Sanitation   |

Glastonbury volunteers raise £5,700

Another Glastonbury Festival is over, and thanks to a dedicated team of stewarding volunteers we have been able to raise £5,700 towards our work. 45 people helped us provide stewarding in one of the camping areas, sticking out their long shifts through day, night, sun and rain. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us at the festival. Thanks to their work, Glastonbury ...