Welcome to Our New Student Chapter at Imperial College London!

This year we welcome our new team at Imperial who had a great start to the year building their first committee with Martha Day as their first President. They have recruited a team of 20 students and are now developing the brief for their first water project.

Birmingham Student Team

Gemini Joshi, this years Birmingham Student Chapter President, shares their successful start to the Autumn semester.

“Our committee has promoted the society at the Fresher’s Fair and the Engineering & Physical Sciences fair generating a large interest from students. We now have over three times the number of volunteers from last year who are enthusiastic about being a catalyst for change!

Shai Brides x CamCat joint fundraiser

We have elected a new treasurer and assistant design team coordinator who are committed to the project. Additionally, our design team leader, Will Reed organised our first fundraising event of the term, a live music event with Birmingham-based band Shai Brides and Music Midge which took place on 21st October, which helped to raise awareness of the charity.

Plans are now underway for the annual cultural showcase, Pangea, to bring together different societies for a fun night full of performances and international food.

The design team are focused on developing the detailed design for a latrine and are carefully considering location, materials and technology. The team has opted for a new design encompassing septic tanks as opposed to the previous VIP latrine to facilitate frequent usage in the village of Tongo”


Southampton Student Team

The team spent the first few weeks attending events held by the university to publicise the charity and help recruit new volunteers. They ran a stall at the Clubs and Societies Fair, and held two Introductory Meetings to introduce prospective volunteers to the charity and highlight how they can get involved.

Following on from a successful sign up, the 20 member strong team met to discuss plans for the year ahead and brainstormed some fundraising activities to get the ball rolling with this years fundraising!

This year the team will all be working together to prepare the delivery documents for this years well in Deoule, and beginning research tasks towards new projects and cost saving adaptations to the current well design. Alongside this the team will be fundraising the £6,500 needed to construct the well in Deoule.

Excitingly, the CamCat Southampton Student Chapter have also collaborated with the University’s Hillwalking society to run a Group Fundraiser next Easter. The two teams will complete in the Yorskshire Three Peaks challenge, hiking 37km in 12 hours to fundraise for the construction of this year’s well.

This years Southampton Student Chapter President, Tom Edwards, says:
‘I’m really excited to work with the Southampton Student Team to fundraise for and deliver a well to the village of Deoule. The team have already demonstrated their commitment and I’m anticipating some great work this year!’