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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 to 600 people in the Barri Chiefdom of Sierra Leone. Although education is a legal requirement for children in Sierra Leone, the country's 11-year civil war resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools, making access to education in remote villages like Nyeyama a real struggle. Some children were having to walk 10 miles every day to reach the nearest school, while younger children who could not manage this walk were having to make do with under-resourced classes held in a run-down shack. [caption id="attachment_8215" align="alignleft" width="257"] Nyeyama's old school building[/caption][caption id="attachment_8214" align="alignright" width="237"] Teaching in the old building was a struggle[/caption] In late 2013 we finished building a new, fully-equipped primary school ...

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 is now widely accepted that illness created by inadequate sanitation damages school attendance and education levels. A month ago, we conducted a survey of attendance at girls’ schools in rural India, following the introduction of our new eco-sanitation facilities. The increased attendance figures proved that providing schools with sanitation facilities results in better health and better attendance. On average, there has been an increase of almost 15% in girls’ school attendance since sanitation facilities were available. [caption id="attachment_6209" align="alignright" width="608" caption="Attendance at Vadalur Girls' School has increased by 7% since Wherever the Need installed eco-sanitation facilities."][/caption] A notable example is the Orathur School, in Tamil Nadu. Since we installed new toilets in 2010, we have seen an incredible 30% increase in attendance. This ...

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?

Our First Ever Annual Report Has Landed!

June 14, 2012  |   General news,Newsletters,Projects,Sanitation   |

Our First Ever Annual Report Has Landed!

We are pleased to announce that we can now release our first ever annual report.  This represents something of a milestone for Wherever the Need and reflects the development of our organisation as our work expands in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. In our report you will find further explanations of why we put Sanitation First as well as updates on our work, including examples of some Ecosan projects in India, water projects in Kenya, and livelihood projects in Sierra Leone.  You will also find out how your support has helped us as well as break-downs of how we have distributed your money. You can find the annual report here: http://wherevertheneed.org.uk/about/reports-publications

Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in India

June 21, 2011  |   General news,India,Projects,Sanitation   |

Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in India

In November 2010, we held a large fundraising event which raised £40,000, enabling us to build individual ecosan (composting) toilets for 2,000 people in the village of Kanur, Tamil Nadu, India. The Doorway to Dignity charity auction was a great success, auctioning off unique pieces of artwork from artists, musicians, celebrities, fashion designers and politicians; we had contributions from Annie Lennox, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Steadman, Maggie Hambling and world-renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, to name but a few. Visit the project page and see more pictures

One success leads to another in Sierra Leone

One success leads to another in Sierra Leone

Providing sanitation, water and livelihoods to 11,000 people in Sierra Leone. The success of our work in Gbongay has secured us funding for a further 19 villages in the Pejeh Chiefdom, allowing us to help forever change the lives of thousands... In the early part of 2006, we were approached by the village community of Gbongay in south-eastern Sierra Leone asking for help in the provision of water and livelihoods. When we assessed the village we discovered an area ravaged by the eleven year civil war (which ended in 2002), exploited by outsiders and politicians alike, and with a minimal level of infrastructure. From an initial survey and village meetings, we discovered that in a community of 750 people, on average one child under the age of five died every six weeks because of non-existent sanitation and polluted water. Since we introduced new ecosan and wells in Gbongay, not one child has died from intestinal illness. From this success, we have been able to secure funding to expand the project throughout Pejeh Chiefdom. By the time the works are completed ...