Silsoe Aid for Appropriate Development (SAFAD) is a British charity run by students of Cranfield University. Since 1969, SAFAD has sent over 340 graduate and post-graduate volunteers to almost 40 different countries in the developing world. The volunteers work with local organisations on existing and new projects. They provide technical assistance and expertise, and receive field experience in return. It is an opportunity for very specific and practical education to be put to work to help those in need. Every SAFAD volunteer has been a Cranfield graduate or post-graduate students in various disciplines such as water, soil and environmental sciences, engineering, management and health. 

SAFAD volunteers are able to offer skills in six key areas of development. They are:

  1. Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH)
    As one of the largest areas of SAFAD’s work, our involvement in water is diverse and extensive. Volunteers plan, design and implement water supplies. They assist in user-group capacity building, enabling communities to operate and maintain existing networks. Volunteers also work in the construction and implementation of appropriate sanitation systems in rural and urban populations, and hygiene promotion techniques to ensure health benefits.
  2. Agroforestry
    Volunteers’ expertise in water for the environment and natural resource management allows us to offer a range of projects encouraging agroforestry development.
  3. Agriculture and Soil Conservation
    Volunteers’ knowledge in sustainable agriculture techniques has helped to promote the sustainable use of soil and water resources to increase food security.
  4. Education Training and Research
    Volunteers have been active in research, education and training in order to ensure project sustainability for NGOs.
  5. Small Business Enterprises
    Volunteers have worked in small scale business management and marketing, and supported micro-credit initiatives. SAFAD works to help secure livelihoods through the development and support of income generating activities.
  6. Intermediate Technologies
    By sustainably using technology, volunteers build upon the existing skills, knowledge and cultural norms of women and men in developing countries, cooperating with local organisations.

SAFAD is proud to partner with a number of implementing partners in the field including GOAL, Haiti Outreach and Abundant Water and be supported financially and in other ways by a variety of individuals, trusts and organisations including the Sue White Fund for AfricaLaing Family Trusts, Strathspey Charitable Trust, Pat Newman Memorial Trust,  St Mark’s Overseas Aid Trust, The Salvation Army and Cranfield Students Association.

If you would like to help SAFAD please click here.

To view or print a summary of SAFAD’s activities, financial status, contacts, trustees and framework as registered with the Charity Commission please click here.

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