The Eleanor Foundation

Eleanor-Foundation-logo3 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 there are no paid employees. Funds are raised through a combination of social events, donations and through individuals raising money by, for example, running marathons. Over the last two years the 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 1000 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. We are also working in partnership with Tumaini Fund initially on a project to bring clean water to communities in Kagera Province, Tanzania. During 2014 sixteen shallow wells were successfully installed bringing clean water to around 18,000 people at a cost of £37,000. This programme is ongoing and it is planned to install further shallow wells in the area in 2015 and beyond. By addressing this most basic of needs – access to clean water – we aim to improve health and to help communities break out of the poverty cycle. This year a new initiative has been started in a move 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. This project involves the distribution of solar lights among rural communities where there is simply no access to grid electricity. In Kagera province it is estimated that 93% of the rural population are off grid. We are aiming to establish a fund to sell solar lights on a not for profit basis on extended credit, typically sixty days. The cost of a single basic solar light is about £4.50 making a daily repayment rate of 7.5p. The average daily spend on kerosene is approximately 15p (up to 15% of income). Use of a solar light will save money, improve health, improve education – children do more home study – and reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The first distribution has already successfully taken place and even at this early stage there is evidence of a reduction in respiratory problems. It should be remembered that globally over 4 million people suffer a premature death from respiratory diseases. 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. Below is an example of the work they have done in Tanzania in creating a shallow water pump: More about their work can be seen on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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