24 Jul 2013

Students swap books for walking boots to scale North Africa's highest mountain

Dig DeepA group of 20 students from Keele University will be travelling to Marrakech, Morocco in mid August to undertake what could be their most challenging assignment to date.

The group will be climbing Mount Toubkal, dubbed the ‘Roof of North Africa’, to raise money for UK-based charity Dig Deep.

Dig Deep is a small, grass roots charity committed to helping communities in Kenya improve their access to clean water, sanitation and renewable energy.

With the support of local volunteers, Dig Deep helps communities dig wells, harvest rainwater and access renewable technologies. Its aim is to help empower local people to overcome the challenges they face.

Dig Deep’s work is inspired by the achievements of their patron Agnes Pareyio – Maasai women’s rights activist and UN Person of the Year 2005 – who was instrumental in founding Dig Deep.

The charity also provides training for communities in how to use and maintain this infrastructure.

Palbha Jain, one of the climbers, explains: “This is to make sure that local people have the freedom to be self-sufficient in maintaining projects for generations to come.”

For the climbers, Dig Deep is a cause close to their hearts. Palbha said: “Clean water and sanitation is a basic human necessity that no individual should not have access to.”

The group hopes to raise a combined total of £32,000. The funds will help Dig Deep provide renewable energy and education in a way that is sustainable.

Palbha believes using MyDonate has made the group’s job much easier by providing a hassle-free way for donors to support them. She said: “We chose MyDonate as it allowed us to publicise our challenge free of cost.”

Whilst the climbers are only involved in the climb for now, some members of the team have expressed an interest in going out to Kenya in the future to see how their funds are used to transform lives.

View the group’s MyDonate page

More information about Dig Deep can be found on their website.

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