Archive for the ‘Kenya’ Category

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 ...

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. When the BBC invited me to audition for a documentary titled 'Toughest Place to be a Farmer' it seemed a good opportunity to experience a place contrasting the muddy fields of Devon . Fortunately I was selected and within a month flown off to an unknown destination.The BBC do not want you to overthink this and need you quickly on location. Only at the airport was I told that I was off to a remote part of North East Kenya to join the Samburu tribe. [caption id="attachment_7437" align="alignleft" width="263"] Richard with his host Lemergichen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7438" align="alignright" width="263"] Richard learns how the Samburu farm[/caption] Arriving at the ...

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!

Winter newsletter 2011-2012

January 24, 2012  |   General news,Kenya,Newsletters,Sierra Leone   |

Winter newsletter 2011-2012

In our summer newsletter, we focused on the trip David (CEO) had just made to India. In this latest newsletter we explain a little more fully what we are doing in Africa based on Richard’s (Director of African Development) most recent visit. He managed to combine a trip to both Kenya and Sierra Leone and there are many contrasts between the two countries. Kenya is one of Africa’s powerhouses, while Sierra Leone is anything but. However, even in the relative prosperous Kenya the majority of people have an extremely difficult life, made all the more difficult by acute water shortages caused by increasing drought conditions. In contrast Sierra Leone, at least in the region in which we work, has abundant rainfall, but little or no infrastructure and a population that is among the poorest in the world. However, regardless of the country the basis of our work is the same – using sanitation, water and livelihoods to help people out of poverty. It is the good health and income generation model that we employ successfully in every project. Read the newsletter here (PDF 2.7mb)

Flip-flotsam

February 11, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Kenya   |

Flip-flotsam

People from wealthy industrialized nations see flip-flops as cheap and disposable. But in Kenya, much-loved "pata-patas" are repaired, reused, and recycled—but never wasted. The film follows the long life cycle of this colorful footwear, a story full of resourcefulness, enterprise, and creativity.

If it were my home

February 04, 2011  |   General news,India,Kenya,Sierra Leone   |

If it were my home

Oh we do like our interactive media. You can use this website to compare your country to any other in the world. Did you know that you would use 91.42% less electricity if you lived in India? Have a play: http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/

Grassroots mapping

January 18, 2011  |   General news,Kenya   |

Grassroots mapping

People living in Kibera (in the Kenyan capital Nairobi) have been mapping their government-ignored neighbourhood. Kibera is one of Africa's largest slums, and until recently was a blank space on official maps. The first complete map is hoped to form the basis of plans to improve the area and the lives of its residents. See the process in action on the bbc here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12164081

Kenya project photos

October 25, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Kenya,Livelihoods,Sanitation,Water   |

Kenya project photos

The first photos for our project in Narok South, Kenya are ready for all to see. This is an exciting project 140 kilometres west of Nairobi in which we are helping the community with ecosan toilets, a large rainwater reservoir, a small livelihood opportunity and a tree nursery. These facilities will work in tandem with the pastoralist nature of the local population. See the photos and project details here: http://wherevertheneed.org.uk/projects/kenya-projects/narok-south/