OUR BEST YEAR YET
2016 was our best year yet:
We delivered our complete package of taps, toilets, and training in 14 schools in Bomet County and provided clean water to 4 communities in Narok County.
This means that each day, 6,267 more people now have access to clean water, and 3,276 more children have access to safe, hygienic toilets.
We delivered our bespoke training package to 42 schools, resulting in over 13,011 children this year learning about health, hygiene, and menstrual management.
Our training alone could potentially benefit as many as 107,835 people in the next 5 years.
We provided ongoing support to a further 28 projects where we’ve previously installed infrastructure, ensuring that they continue working effectively and that the communities are equipped to maintain them for the long term.
We spent a record £346,161 on our work in Kenya, which is 73% more than in our previous financial year.
THE WATER CRISIS
663 MILLION PEOPLE - ONE IN TEN - DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
Imagine waking up this morning and not having any water to use. Having to start your day walking 80 minutes to collect water that is brown, dirty and is likely to make you sick. Spending time walking and carrying water instead of learning, working or simply enjoying childhood. Nearly half of those in rural Kenya face this reality every day, and all too often, it is the girls who bear the burden of water collection.
The impacts of not having clean water, sanitation (toilets) or hygiene information is far reaching. It results in illness and death. Robbed time. A lack of dignity. Poorer education opportunities for girls.
It’s not good enough.
But, together we can change this. In 2016, Dig Deep worked in schools in rural Kenya, building new toilets and rainwater harvesting systems and training teachers and students in hygiene and menstrual management, It means that students can continue their education with health, dignity and hope.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Building taps and toilets is a relatively small change, but the ripples that spread from those simple interventions are far reaching.
The clean water improves health and saves lives. Having the water available locally saves families hours each day that they used to spend collecting water. This time can now be spent in school, in work, or simply spending time with family and friends.
The toilets prevent disease, and make it much easier for girls to stay in education beyond puberty. With better health, and schools that have better facilities, grades go up, and students can access new opportunities that benefit themselves and their communities.
The ripples of our work are far reaching and lasting.
THE OLKUROTO COMMUNITY
Olkuroto is a remote community in the Maasai region of south-west Kenya. The community lacked clean, safe, local drinking water, which was impacting health, education and economic opportunity.
Dig Deep have built the community a rainwater harvesting system that can collect and stores 500,000 litres of water.
WHAT WE'VE DONE
In the 2016 financial year, we spent £346,161 on our programmes providing children and communities with clean water and sanitation.
Of this, 81% was spent on new projects, and 19% on providing additional training, support, and monitoring for our previous projects.
- Provided water for 6,267 people
- Provided sanitation (toilets) to 3,276 children
- Supported the training of 13,011 people
- Continued supporting out historic projects
HOW WE'VE USED THE MONEY YOU RAISED
is spent directly on our charitable work in Kenya, transforming the lives of communities we work with.
is spent on support costs and governance. This includes our accounting, financial management, and ensuring that all of our work complies with legal requirements and guidelines, both in the UK and in Kenya.
is spent on our UK fundraising and communications programme. This includes our website, publications and Grants and Trusts fundraising programme.
We are committed to making sure that we use our supporters’ money as effectively as possible, and that as much money as possible is put to our work in Kenya.
For every £1 donated by our supporters:
We are incredibly grateful to the Charitable Trusts and Grants who have supported our work in 2015-16. In particular, we would like to thank A Better World Canada, Basecamp, Maa Trust, Peter's Wells for Africa and Whole World Water.
Please note that our Overseas Challenges programme is run through our Trading subsidiary, which is a separate legal entity to the charity. A breakdown of our challenges programme is on the following pages.
Dig Deep have been running overseas fundraising challenges for nearly a decade, and they play a central role in enabling us to do such vital work in Kenya.
In 2016 we had 226 UK students take part in our challenges, climbing either Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for our work.
All of our challenges are run through ‘Dig Deep Challenges’, a trading subsidiary of the charity. It operates as a social enterprise, donating all profits to the charity for our work in Kenya.
In 2016 our incredible students raised a total of £878,666 of which £537,098 was spent on their trip costs and managing the challenges programme, and £341,568 was donated to Dig Deep for its charitable work.
Fundraising target breakdown for Kilimanjaro participants
FUNDRAISERS STORY: NORA
Nora was one of our superstar fundraisers who signed up to take part in our Kilimanjaro challenge in 2016. She has raised £2,990 and counting for our work in Kenya and will be climbing in August 2017.