Yes! The cost of the travel is being covered by Penny Appeal and your £399 deposit. Every penny of the money you raise through fundraising will be spent on bringing clean water to needy people, so it is an applicable cause for anyone wishing to help you reach your target through contributing Zakat.
All the wells will be built in The Gambia, in west Africa. This is one of the poorest countries in the world, and fresh water is extremely difficult to access, so your contributions will make a massive difference.
No -- the aim of this challenge is specifically to raise money for deep-water wells, which at the moment we only build in The Gambia. The Thirst Relief programme does provide other, more affordable wells in other countries where fresh water lies closer to the surface, but because the deep-water wells are more difficult and expensive to build, we're dedicating this challenge 100% to this objective.
Yes. Participants will contribute to the cost of the trip through their deposit, with Penny Appeal covering the rest out of the money we get through HMRC's Gift Aid scheme. All the money raised through fundraising will go towards your well, and the wells that you and the rest of the team manage to build between you.
As the wells cost £4,000 each to build, there will be money from each participant left over, which will be pooled into an extra fund and spent on a where-needed-most basis. We don't want you to stop when you get to your £4,500 target -- keep going and we can provide more wells for more people spreading the benefit of clean water as far as possible.
In the year immediately following the trek. Some charities take the money they've raised, take it to the country it's supposed to benefit and leave it there with instructions on how to spend it (sometimes these instructions get ignored altogether).
Penny Appeal is more careful about how we spend your money. We drip-feed it into projects, overseeing every stage of the process. This means that it takes longer to spend the money, but it does ensure that it's spent as effectively as possible, not wasted by digging in the wrong areas or pocketed by unscrupulous builders.
Don't worry -- you will. In our experience fundraising can seem daunting at first, especially when your target is such a large sum of money, but once you make a start it will soon start to come in. The most important thing is to get in touch with Penny Appeal's Fundraising Manager, Haroon Mota (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will give you all the help, advice and ideas you need to make your trip a success.