Click the pictures to learn about the charities.
  • You can find information on the charities that we are raising awareness and funds for below.
  • You can make a donation to either charity using the links provided on the side.

We have all felt the need to make a large contribution to aid projects and to help people less fortunate than ourselves. This is difficult under a student budget and consequently, we had to wait until we had the time and the resources to orchestrate a fundraising event that may, hopefully, capture people's attention and draw them to our message. A 6 month trek along the Te Araroa Trail, one of the World's great unbroken paths, was our 'epic' - a journey of significant length and hardship to be worthy of a charitable response.

The charities we decided to raise money for are quite different. Landey discovered Solar Light for Africa (SLA) through family ties. After reading up on their mission and operations concluded that they were an underfunded, high-impact charity that would benefit hugely from donations that we can encourage. Anders and DM, however, decided they wanted to aid in the provision of safe drinking water to poorer communities that lack this basic human right. After a fair bit of searching Anders found that WaterAid was the best organization dealing with these problems. Having decided upon the charities though, it became clear that both have exceedingly important missions and we are raising money together for both charities.

We have neither the time nor the funding to hold any elaborate or well planned fundraising events so we are relying almost entirely on people's empathic response to these charities. We will however, set aside some of our tramping funds to donate 1% of the overall raised funds.

Solar Light for Africa

Mission Statement:
To transform lives and empower the people of Africa by providing light and energy using the natural power of the sun.

Since 1997 Solar Light for Africa (SLA) has provided clean, free electricity to over 300 rural villages through 2,550 solar installations in 7 countries over Eastern Africa. In addition to turning on lights and reducing fires from kerosene lamps in these villages, the electricity generated by the custom fit solar panels has also been used to pump and clean water for 3 large hospitals and 1 orphanage.

Electricity-on-demand is vital for productive communities and as such is ingrained in our society to the point where we take it for granted. Without electricity; health care, transport, education, food supply, even the majority of our jobs are non-existent. Living without electricity requires a subsistence approach or simple bartering systems which are exactly the social practices operating in rural Africa. By providing even basic electrified devices such as electric lights and water pumps the quality of life for these people can be inordinately improved.

Continualy running youth trips and providing technical training to both American youths and the local African workforce, SLA has ensured that a diligent, skilled workforce is maintained for future installations in Africa to promote and sustain economic growth in rural communities.

Finally, because SLA is a small organisation it doesnt require massive contributions for staffing and maintence purposes, and therefore donations have a much more apparent and significant impact;

A $25 donation helps us:
• Provide a solar-LED lantern to a village family

A $100 donation helps us:
• Provide lights and a socket for 1 classroom

A $500 donation helps us:
• Provide a refrigerator to a health clinic

A $750 donation helps us:
• Electrify 1/2 a commercial installation (recipients typically provide the other half through matching funds)

A $1,000 donation helps us:
• Assist an African Youth Mission participant

A $1500 donation helps us:
• Provide six-lights and one socket to a school, orphanage, or clinic

A $30,000 donation helps us:
• Provide full electrification, internet, and video conferencing to a school

I wish to raise, with your help, $4,000 dollars by April, 2011 so please give generously to support these small East-African communities and thank you.

For security and ease of use we are raising money through FirstGiving. To make a donation to SLA click here. Remember if you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

— Landey Patton


Mission Statement:
To improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest countries.

We find it shocking to see many people around the world don't have access to safe water, because water is so easily accessible in the United Kingdom and the United States. However this fact is sadly true. I believe water should be available to everyone because it is essential to life and therefore is a human right.

WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Improved hygiene, health, education and livelihoods, form the first step in overcoming poverty. WaterAid works with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.

WaterAid's new global aims are:

  1. To promote and secure poor people's rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
  2. To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
  3. To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.
  4. To further develop as an effective global organization recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.

Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to life and everyone has a right to these basic services. However, globally 884 million people do not have access to safe water and 2.5 million people do not have adequate sanitation. Combined with poor hygiene practices, the result is extreme poverty and ill health among millions. 4000 children die from diarrhoea and many others are too sick to go to school. Millions of hours are wasted as young women and children walk to collect unsafe water. People are exposed to disease, because there is nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet, this is worse in overcrowded settlements.

  • £1 could pay for a hygiene promotion manual in Bangladesh
  • £6 could pay for a tap in Uganda
  • £31 could pay or a hand pump in Nepal
  • £50 could pay for a composting latrine in Madagascar
  • £195 could pay to set up a school health club in India
  • £3,610 could pay for the construction of a well in Mali

In order to over come poverty, we believe that water, hygiene and sanitation are essential steps.

To make a donation to WaterAid please click here. Please give generously and Thank you.

— Damienmarc Ford