Tuesday, 9 December 2014
ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA WINS AT THE WALES AFRICA AWARDS 2014
By Ayoub Mzee-London
Bigger heart , a charity based in Wales has won an prestigious Award in Wales ,UK .The Gold start award which are endorsed by the UN aim to ‘recognise the best to inspire the rest’ in volunteering and community linking projects between Wales and Africa. It also recognizes the contributions of Welsh civil society organisations in forging:
• Learning links
• Partnership links
• Development links.The aims and objectives of the charity are :
• To create an atmosphere where kids in Zanzibar can achieve their education regardless of their family background.
• To campaign for the right of every child in Zanzibar to be in school as soon as they reach school age no matter how poor the family may be.
• To work closely with educational institutions across UK and also in Zanzibar.
• To teach the young people especially in Zanzibar about business and the important of entrepreneurship.
Almost 30 organisations and ten individuals from across Wales were recognised by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for their work on tackling poverty in 13 African nations at a celebratory event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on 4 December.
Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales addressed the ceremony and gave the Welsh Government’s commitment to support Welsh organisations in fighting global injustice and poverty into the future.He went on to say ” I am deeply proud of what we have achieved through our Wales Africa Community Links programme. None of this would have been possible without the tireless work of the organisations and individuals who have been involved.
Over the last six years, Wales Africa Community Links has provided over £570,000 worth of small grants to 301 projects that support community development both in Wales and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Other recipients on the night were:
Lampeter Bore Community Carbon Link – (Lampeter – Kenya)
Sazani Associates – (Carmarthenshire – Zanzibar)
Swansea Gambia Health Link (Swansea – Gambia)
Tools for Self Reliance Cymru – (Crickhowell – Tanzania)
Bigger Heart – (Swansea – Zanzibar)
Disability Wales Africa
Hands up for Uganda (Prestiegne – Uganda)
Hayaat Women’s Trust (Cardiff – Somaliland)
Riverside Al Fat’h Community Link (Riverside – Sudan)
St. David’s Lesotho Link (St Davids – Lesotho)
Valley & Vale Kenya Link (Bettws – Kenya)
Zimbabwe Newport Volunteering Association (Newport – Zimbabwe)
Bigger Heart is still in a developmental stage and seeks volunteers from any background. They depend on the skills and knowledge of people to push the dreams and aspirations forward.They also welcome donations either in cash or kind, especially educational materials.
For more information: http://www.biggerheart.org.uk
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