The Eleanor Foundation was created in August 2012 following the death of International Development student Eleanor Carey in December 2011. She was killed in a road collision while cycling to London Metropolitan University. She was 22 years old.
Ellie was a very compassionate young woman whose ambition was to become a development professional and the principal objectives of the Foundation are to focus on the issues that were important to her and to try to achieve some of the goals she had set herself. The particular topics she had hoped to address included human rights, health, economic growth and helping communities to break out of the poverty cycle and build sustainable futures for themselves.
Within the Foundation we seek to support or work in partnership with other charities, non-governmental organisations and communities in the developing world to promote sustainable development with a particular focus on basic needs.
The structure of the Foundation whereby all governance and administration costs are covered externally, means that 100% of funds raised are applied directly to projects. The committee members provide their services on a totally voluntary basis and all travel to Tanzania is self funded by individuals at no cost to the foundation. Funds are raised through a combination of specific grants, social events, public donations and also by individuals raising money through their own endeavours.
Since 2013 our focus has been directed towards two specific areas.
The Bikes to Africa was launched in March 2013 and the objective was to collect unwanted bicycles in Guernsey for shipment via the UK based charity Re-Cycle to partner organisations in Africa. To date over 2000 bikes have been donated.
The importance of a bicycle in remote rural areas cannot be overstated. Bicycles offer people a route out of poverty and a means to improve their lives, giving them opportunities to travel to work and school. They are surprisingly adaptable, and can be used to carry goods and passengers – giving small scale farmers and traders the opportunity to reach customers further afield, or take more produce to market. Every bike or bike part shipped to Africa transform lives, communities and generations – and at a surprisingly low cost.
While the Bikes to Africa remains an important part of our work, our main activity takes place in two remote districts in north west Tanzania – Chato District in Geita Region and Biharamulo District in Kagera Region.
Our core activity is water, sanitation and hygiene. Water is life and access to clean water is the most basic of human needs.
Since 2014 we have enabled the construction of 44 improved water sources, mostly shallow wells plus a small number of spring protection schemes. In 2018 we expect to install a minimum of 20 further wells meaning that by the end of the year over 50,000 individuals will be impacted.
We have successfully introduced solar disinfection of water and hand washing to 32 schools in Biharamulo and as a result around 25,000 students are experiencing a reduction in water borne diseases leading to improved school attendance and performance.
In 2016, the construction of a dispensary at Mutundu Village, part-funded by a grant from Guernsey Overseas Aid and Development was completed and this facility is now delivering basic health care and maternity services to around 19,000 individuals.
A social business was established during 2017 to distribute solar lights on a not for profit basis. This initiative is designed to reduce the use of kerosene lamps during hours of darkness. Kerosene is dirty, dangerous and expensive. Fighting climate change and improving the health of the world’s poorest people are often seen as competing priorities. Yet some technologies address both tasks at the same time. Replacing kerosene lamps with solar lights is a cost effective way of achieving these objectives.
All of this work could not be achieved without the support, encouragement and enthusiasm of our many followers. We are delighted to be part of the World Aid Walk and we look forward to working with the other member charities to ensure that the Guernsey Community continues to offer hope and support for the world’s poorest people.
The 2017 World Aid Walk together with the matched funding from Overseas Aid and Development Commission enabled us to construct three further shallow wells thus providing clean sustainable water for the first time ever for approximately 2500 individuals.