Archive for the ‘General news’ Category

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 ...

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 ...

Stories from the field – living with poverty

June 04, 2013  |   General news,India,Stories from the field   |

Stories from the field – living with poverty

In another instalment of 'Stories from the field', Jane Bond looks a bit closer at what it means to live in poverty in India... Poverty is everywhere in India. We know this intellectually but the emotional reality is somewhat different. It is impossible to walk down a street in any town or city without witnessing people who are scraping a living one way or another. People ...

BBC2′s ‘Toughest Place to be a Farmer’ inspires fundraising for a rainwater reservoir…

May 29, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news,Kenya,Water   |

BBC2′s ‘Toughest Place to be a Farmer’ inspires fundraising for a rainwater reservoir…

After experiencing first hand the Samburu farmers' daily struggle to find water to sustain themselves and their livestock, Richard Gibson (BBC2's 'Toughest Place to be a Farmer') and his wife Heather are raising money to build a rainwater reservoir, which will provide a sustainable water supply for the farmers all year round... "The Summer of 2012 was a very grim one for UK farmers. ...

Ripples cycle challenge success

May 21, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news   |

Ripples cycle challenge success

£1,660 raised so far, and still counting!   After enduring rain, ice and snow throughout their training, the Ripples team finally enjoyed some good weather as they dove into the 220-mile cycle challenge from London to Paris last weekend (May 16th-18th). The feat of endurance was tackled by a team of 19 staff members from Ripples showrooms all over the country, raising money to further support their ecosan and ...

Stories from the field – Marudor school

May 15, 2013  |   General news,India,Stories from the field   |

Stories from the field – Marudor school

Wherever the Need's Arumugaum and I stop at Marudor Middle School so I can see our newly installed toilet block there. We walk into the schoolyard - sandy earth with basic buildings around it. The windows have shutters and bars but no glass – shutters keep the heat out in the hot months and bars are for security or stopping children from escaping, I’m not sure which! ...

The Summer of Love

May 01, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news   |

The Summer of Love

Win a £500 donation this summer through Virgin Money Giving. This summer, Virgin Money Giving are spreading the love by giving away £2,000 in donations to help you raise more for the charities you care about. Whether you’re taking part in an organised event or taking on your own personal challenge, you can enter the prize draw every month throughout the summer to win a £500 donation to your ...

Spotlight on our work – Kumudimoolai, India

April 09, 2013  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

Spotlight on our work – Kumudimoolai, India

450 more people now with ecosan, thanks to support from the ACT Foundation Thanks to support from the ACT Foundation, the people of Kumudimmolai now have 90 more ecosan, clean water and livelihoods. Tamil Nadu in the south of India is considered to be one of the wealthiest states in the country, but behind the statistics of economic growth and development lies another story – one of acute poverty. ...

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 ...

Stories from the field – a daily reality

Stories from the field – a daily reality

On a visit to a rural Indian village, Jane Bond contemplates the daily reality of living without a toilet I spend a day with one of our field staff, Arumugam to help me better understand our project work and life in rural Tamil Nadu. He takes me to some villages we are planning on working in as soon as we have funds. I know the facts - 7 million+ ...

Stories from the field – organic compost

March 27, 2013  |   General news,India,Stories from the field   |

Stories from the field – organic compost

In her third story, Jane Bond finds out more about our organic compost One of the fundamental benefits of Wherever the Needs approach to Sanitation and water is our compost toilets which mean that human waste is safely and effectively recycled. Human waste is very hazardous to health and can easily enter the water system if not properly managed. Here in India only 30% of the country has a ...

Stories from the field – Rice

March 20, 2013  |   General news,India,Stories from the field   |

Stories from the field – Rice

In the second of her stories from the field, Jane Bond gets to know India and discovers the world of rice... I’m adjusting to rural India and as we travel out to look at projects I am fascinated. Main roads are filled with cows, buses, motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians sharing the same space – pavements don’t exist and traffic lights are often ignored. The river of humanity is ...

Stories from the field – living with dirty water

Stories from the field – living with dirty water

Jane Bond is volunteer Project Officer for Wherever the Need India. She has been living and volunteering in India since November 2011, based in Tamil Nadu since February 2013. Read her stories from the field...   Yesterday it rained heavily and unexpectedly in Tamil Nadu. For some areas it was the first rain in over a year, so I’m going to talk about the realities of ...

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 ...

How two determined school girls in India are helping us bring eco-toilets to their community

January 23, 2013  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

How two determined school girls in India are helping us bring eco-toilets to their community

Anaivari is a small rural village in Tamil Nadu, India, and its story is very familiar to us. Home to 171 families the community is extremely poor – there is no sanitation, which means that the local environment and water sources are polluted, spreading illness and disease. [caption id="attachment_6863" align="alignright" width="280"] Without sanitation, water and the environment becomes polluted[/caption] Two ...

Our new animation, featuring Baroness Glenys Kinnock

October 18, 2012  |   General news,Poverty,Sanitation   |

Our new animation, featuring Baroness Glenys Kinnock

Here at Wherever the Need, we continue to champion sustainable sanitation as the most efficient way to alleviate poverty. Whilst we continue to give some of the poorest people in the poorest countries a fighting chance, our progress is slowed because many people are unfamiliar, ill informed or turned off by the topic. Our last news article focused on the importance of sanitation within the context ...

Introducing an innovative sanitation project

October 15, 2012  |   General news,India   |

Introducing an innovative sanitation project

Tamil Nadu, on the south east coast of India, is considered to be one of the wealthiest states in the country, but behind the economic and industrial growth lies another story – one of acute poverty. We have started to work with six of the poorest villages in rural Tamil Nadu. Not a single family in these communities have access to a toilet, which means that the local ...

Sanitation facilities improving school attendance in rural India

Sanitation facilities improving school attendance in rural India

At Wherever the Need we have always made it clear that sanitation should come first, because the only sustainable way to address issues of poverty is to tackle them at the point at which they originate. Whilst education is of critical importance to improving lives and alleviating poverty, effective learning can only take place when students are well enough to attend school and concentrate in lessons. But it ...

Sohail Rahman Reports on India’s Sanitation Problems

July 19, 2012  |   General news,India,Poverty,Sanitation   |

Sohail Rahman Reports on India’s Sanitation Problems

Reporting for Al Jazeera, Sohail Rahman covers the sanitation problems facing India, which become increasingly pressing as population growth and urbanisation continue apace.  Broadcasting from New Delhi he exposes the shocking statistics, including the fact that over 50% of Indians do not have access to a clean, constructed toilet and how 60% of all defecation in the world occurs in India.  It is also demonstrated how this ...