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Tonight's gig: The Eleanor Foundation at Fermain Tavern

Tonight's gig: The Eleanor Foundation at Fermain Tavern

Thursday 14 February 2019

Tonight's gig: The Eleanor Foundation at Fermain Tavern

Thursday 14 February 2019

Four great local acts with take to the stage at one of Guernsey's best loved venues tonight to celebrate five years of groundbreaking charity work in Tanzania.

The Eleanor Foundation began outreach work providing clean water pumps and improved sanitation in the Chato district of the African country.

A chance to learn more about the ongoing work of The Eleanor Foundation as well as to see some of the island's most hyped up bands comes to the Fermain Tavern  for just £10 a ticket. 

Multiple festival and BBC Introducing featured The Recks will bring their signature "schizophrenic folk" balkan-esque groove to the headline slot ahead of a forthcoming UK tour. Also featured are the five-piece folk outfit The Cor Damme Lars  (pictured above) performing their growing repertoire, an appearance from mixed genre covers band Episode 2 and solo acoustic artist Nick Coleman. 

The Recks

Pictured: The Recks.

The Eleanor Foundation has been able to see the improvement in the five years it has been operating in Tanzania, explains Allister Carey, who founded the charity in memory of his daughter Eleanor who died in 2012. 

"I remember when we started wondering if we'd be able to make a difference at all but just with the shallow well project we've improved water for an amount of people the size of the population of Guernsey.

"The first shallow well went in in 2014 and we've started introducing hand washing stations into local schools. It has already seen improvements out into the wider community. Water borne disease is down by about 80% which means school attendance is up by around 20% and we expect to see that showing in the attainment records as well," he said.

Eleanor Foundation

Pictured: Residents in one of the Tanzanian districts helped by the Eleanor Foundation to access clean water.

The charity is now looking towards improving toilets in schools where at the moment a lot of buildings have just two toilets for 400 boys in very basic and poor conditions.

"They are awful, really unclean, it's just a long drop into a pit. I think people in Guernsey are very generous and understanding because they know how lucky we are here, we live a very privileged life, we've got electricity, everything works, we've got lots of opportunity.

"They don't have running water or good healthcare so we are really lucky," he said. 

Well, Eleanor Foundation

Pictured: A Tanzanian hand washing station.

"If 100 people gave £5 a month for a year it would be enough to deliver clean water to 2500 people. That's the same as a coffee or a glass of wine each," he said. 

The gig will take place on what would have been Eleanor Carey's 30th birthday. 

"It's why we were set up, it's exactly what she wanted to do," said Mr Carey. 

Doors for this evening's concert open at 19:30 and tickets are available on Eventbrite or on the door.  

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