Archive for the ‘Kenya’ Category
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 ...
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!
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)
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.
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/
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
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/
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...