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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 the water they had to drink, which sat in putrid brown ponds resembling a thin mud. Many people we spoke to in the village complained of persistent stomach upsets from drinking the infected water, and this ill health was compounded by the fact that the village contained no toilets whatsoever. The houses people lived in were mostly tiny mud huts with thatched roofs that leaked during the rainy season, there was little work in the area and the nearest school was five kilometres away. Whilst the villagers needed toilets and clean water to drink, they also needed a means of earning a living and, if possible, new homes. Throughout 2012, the staff at Allsop set about raising funds to help the people of Sengal ...

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 toilets give us plenty! Initially the conference was planned for an expected 150 attendees, but after invitations were dispatched over 450 senior scientists from across India applied to attend, and over 260 research papers submitted. The final decision on numbers maintained the 150 attendees, and these were based on the quality of the papers they wanted to present. The event was opened by Smt Sheela Shanta Nair, one of India’s leading civil servants who is now Deputy Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Planning Commission. WTN UK’s scientific representative was Professor Stephen Northcliff of Reading University. The three day meeting was closed by Dr Ramamourti, the Pondicherry Government’s Minister of Agriculture.

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?

UK Government Recognises Sanitation as Human Right

UK Government Recognises Sanitation as Human Right

The World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund in their 2012 Joint Monitoring Programme report estimated that over 1/3 of the world's population do not have access to adequate sanitation.  The WHO also estimates that 1.4 million children are dying from diarrhoeal disease every year, the vast majority of which is due to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene;  yet access to sanitation is one of the most off-target Millennium Development Goals. Following a review of international law, under the remit of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UK government has formally recognised access to Sanitation as a human right under international law.  In accordance with this, the Secretary of State for International Development (Andrew Michell) has committed to doubling the UK's ambitions on water, sanitation and hygiene to reach at least 60 million people by 2015. Hopefully this commitment by the UK government will mean that many of these deaths, which are mostly preventable with innovational projects such as WTN's Ecosan initiatives, can be avoided.  If you, like the UK government, feel that sanitation is not getting the recognition the issue merits, please begin supporting us today, by signing up to follow us online (Facebook, ...