Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Fundraising challenge for Bath primary school

Fundraising challenge for Bath primary school

Local Bath primary school, St Philip's have teamed up with us to raise funds for a project in Sierra Leone. On Monday 13th July 2015, Louise Kirby-Garton (CEO Wherever the Need), Senesi Fawundu The Right Honourable MP for Pujehun District, Sierra Leone and his wife Mariama Fawundu, visited St Philip's primary school to meet the staff and children. [caption id="attachment_9291" align="aligncenter" width="608"]

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Emergency Cyclone Appeal

January 05, 2012  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

Emergency Cyclone Appeal

India Cyclone - Emergency Appeal You may have heard on the news about the cyclone that recently devastated south-east India. Tamil Nadu, the region in which many of Wherever the Need's projects are based, has been badly hit - the cyclone has devastated the lives of the people and communities with whom we work so ...

A message from India

December 19, 2011  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

A message from India

Following a recent visit to some of our projects in India, Hardeep Sandher writes of her experiences during her time there. Read the full Property Week article here (PDF 2.1mb) <strong>or click to enlarge:</strong>

2011 Summer Newsletter

September 05, 2011  |   General news,India,Livelihoods,Newsletters,Sanitation,Water   |

2011 Summer Newsletter

Read our Summer Newsletter for a run-down on our recent work in India. Click the newsletter to enlarge Read the full newsletter here (PDF 1.4mb)

Private sector has potential to aid development, but beware the pitfalls

July 11, 2011  |   General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

Private sector has potential to aid development, but beware the pitfalls

The Department for International Development (DFiD) wants to focus on the private sector but it must look closely at the risks. The private sector is not accountable to the public in the way the public sector is. Sanitation and water systems are often not available for the poorest people – and private developers cannot be held legally accountable for not offering them. The UK's Department for International Development ...

Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

June 27, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |

Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

"More than 1 billion people will not get the basic sanitation and the clean water promised as such projects shrink sharply as a proportion of global aid budgets. A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed by a long way because donor countries have diverted aid money away from "unsexy" water projects, according to the World ...

Fiona Bruce narrates our new film

Fiona Bruce narrates our new film

Well known BBC newsreader and presenter Fiona Bruce is the voice-over for our latest film, "Independence, not Dependence". The video gives an introduction to who we are, what we do and why we do it. We believe in creating the conditions to allow people to become empowered and independent in their way out of poverty, not becoming dependent upon foreign aid. Find out more by watching the ...

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

April 15, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

During a visit to our Sierra Leone projects this month, our CEO David Crosweller was asked to film a few short clips explaining our project work there. This short video is the outcome!

A new project in Sierra Leone

April 11, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A new project in Sierra Leone

Shengay is a remote forest village, and has no sanitation facilities, so the villagers are using the neighbouring fields, with obvious risks to their health and security. There is also no well in the village, so all water is being drawn from a nearby stream – so intestinal illness is common, with young children being particularly vulnerable. We are constructing a community eco-sanitation toilet unit, with a central ...

A film for World Water Day…

March 22, 2011  |   General news,Water   |

A film for World Water Day…

Water ink _ BDDP Unlimited and Solidarités International - UK from BDDP Unlimited on Vimeo.

The world walks for World Water Day

February 08, 2011  |   Events,General news,Sanitation,Water   |

The world walks for World Water Day

You can raise awareness of sanitation and water issues... The World Walks for Water is a global event from 19-22 March 2011, that aims to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and critically, demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day. Millions of people walk 6 kilometres every day just to collect water for their basic needs. Billions have ...

Interactive data shows water security to be high risk

February 03, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Water   |

Interactive data shows water security to be high risk

Unsurprisingly, water security features highly on the 2011 Global Risks report. Their interactive graphs make it interesting and easy to look through and understand the data - it's well worth at least a brief glance at: http://riskreport.weforum.org/#/0/1 "The World Economic Forum's Global Risks reports chart a range of global risks arising from the new reality of interconnected challenges, interdependent stakeholders and an accelerating speed of change."

Not the bog standard design…

January 20, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |

Not the bog standard design…

Some innovative lavatory designs reduce water consumption... "“Bog standard” – the phrase says everything about how we regard the humble lavatory. It is not glamorous, nor – even though it has barely changed since the water closet of our Victorian forebears – is it regarded as a design classic. But if we are happy enough with its functionality, and too embarrassed by our bodily ...

The US takes notice

December 17, 2010  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |

The US takes notice

US senators speak up in support of access to clean water and sanitation for all. It's encouraging to hear respected members of the US government make very clear statements about the importance of clean water and sanitation in the world, such as 2 minutes 50 into the film: "If there’s one thing that we have learnt over the last 5 to 10 years it’s that clean water, if ...

So much still to be done…

December 15, 2010  |   General news,Water   |

So much still to be done…

World Toilet Day, November 19th

World Toilet Day, November 19th

November 19th is World Toilet Day. Join the Big Squat! A day to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation. Where there are no toilets: 2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, which risks their health, strips their ...

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key

November 17, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key

Haiti: hygiene promotion is key to preventing nationwide cholera epidemic, says Save the Children as death toll passes 900 As the death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic reached 917 on 12 November 2010, Save the Children says the best way to reduce the disease’s spread is to arm people with information and supplies to improve hygienic practices. Cholera has reached the capital Port-au-Prince, where 27 deaths have been ...

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 ...

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: ...

Water map shows billions at risk

September 30, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Water   |

Water map shows billions at risk

About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Researchers compiled a composite index of "water threats" that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people. Writing in the journal Nature, they say that in western countries, conserving water for people through reservoirs and dams ...

The urban disaster

September 30, 2010  |   Environment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

The urban disaster

For the first time in the history of mankind, more people live in an urban environment than a rural one and in just 20 years, over 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities and towns. This Red Cross World Disasters Report 2010 focuses on urban risks around the world: Chapter 5 - urban risk to health (PDF 421kb) Find the full report here: ...

The World’s Toilet Crisis

September 22, 2010  |   General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

The World’s Toilet Crisis

Vanguard correspondent Adam Yamaguchi travels to India, Singapore and Indonesia to understand why people don't use toilets and what's being done to end the practice of open defecation. When human waste isn't contained or flushed down the toilet, it's everywhere - in streets, open fields and, most dangerously, in the very water people drink. Adam investigates how countries are trying to solve an epidemic that few people ...

UN declares sanitation and water a human right

September 15, 2010  |   Empowerment,General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

UN declares sanitation and water a human right

After more than 15 years of debate on the issue, the UN has passed a resolution declaring "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights". The 192-member Assembly also called on UN Member States and international organisations to offer funding, technology and other resources to help poorer countries scale ...

Six reasons we use ecosan

Six reasons we use ecosan

There is a reason we chose to use ecosan in all our projects. In fact there are six reasons, and we would like to share these with you... A long-term sustainable ecosan system will: ensure water sources are not polluted by open defecation (even if pollution could occur through flooding); provide long-term facilities to eradicate generation-old open defecation practices; lead to ...