By Ciéra Cree and Harriet Brass
In October of 2020 I was contacted by an organisation known as Dig Deep – a ‘clean water and sanitation Charity working in Kenya, established in 2007’.
The email that they sent me sounded inspiring and insightful, offering students the potentially life-changing opportunity to embark on many new adventures. Myself and Harriet Brass (Fundraising Support Officer at Dig Deep), through a selection of interview style questions, discussed these opportunities in more depth as well as how students could get involved.
Who are Dig Deep?
We are a clean water and sanitation Charity working in Kenya established in 2007. Our Mission is to unlock opportunity for Kenya’s poorest residents, county by county, by ensuring everyone has clean water, safe toilets, and good hygiene – forever. By reducing the time lost to water collection and preventable disease we remove barriers to learning and earning, allowing people to lift themselves out of poverty. We don’t do projects and walk away – we’re working with government and business to set up services and build self-sustaining systems.
What is the opportunity?
You can get involved and support the work that we do by taking on Kilimanjaro. We organize Kilimanjaro fundraising challenges to not only give you an amazing once in a lifetime experience but your fundraising provides the funds and resources to help unlock opportunity for the communities we serve in Kenya. We have been running these trips since 2011 and have taken over 1200 fundraisers to East Africa.
Kilimanjaro is the challenge of a lifetime that will take you on an unforgettable journey to Tanzania and the Roof of Africa. If you join the team then next summer you will be heading out to Tanzania to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain with a peak standing at just under 6000m above sea level. Our Kilimanjaro challenge encompasses a 6 day trek along the Machame route, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful on the mountain as you can see the summit on every day of your climb. Together, with your team, you will pass through 4 ecological zones ranging from rainforest to the incredible glacial zone at the top.
Reaching the summit doesn’t have to be the end either. Each year our suppliers put together a couple of incredible value extension packages. These are excellent quality and normally include an epic 2 day Safari in Tarangire National Park, followed by 5 days relaxing with your team in the idyllic island paradise of Zanzibar.
Why is the opportunity beneficial to students?
‘This challenge is an excellent opportunity to develop transferable skills, push yourself out of your comfort zone and gain experience with an international development charity. You will be building and refining your abilities from time-management to networking, fundraising to marketing. The list is endless. Going beyond your comfort zone isn’t meant to be easy but you will reap the rewards in confidence, the relationships that you build and the places you will be able to see as a result of it.
You will have a fundraising target of £2600 which is split 50:50 between a donation to Dig Deep and your in-country trip costs, but don’t worry! We will support you from the moment that you sign up. We offer what we feel is the most comprehensive fundraising support including a dedicated Fundraising Support Officer, virtual resources, monthly fundraising ideas, tailored fundraising plans, regular blog series and an extended network of past and present Dig Deep climbers just to name a few.
If you want to go one step further there is also the opportunity to become one of our Team Leaders. Our Team Leaders help us to recruit and support our team of fundraisers throughout the year and have that extra level of responsibility. It’s a fabulous chance to develop your leadership skills, increase your charitable impact and encourage others to join you on this experience of a lifetime. There are also some great benefits to being a Team Leader just check out our website www.climbforcleanwater.org/leadateam for more information.
Hopefully this all sounds appealing. If you would like to find out more then visit our challenge website at www.climbforcleanwater.org/kilimanjaro-2021 or simply pop the team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations are only open until the end of November to climb in 2021 and we will open applications for Team Leaders for 2022 around March 2021.
Images: Provided by Harriet Brass