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Wadhurst Burundi Link

A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all friends and family who sponsored Philip and Stephen Stordy on the Food for the Hungry UK Ridgeway Challenge 50.

Stephen writes: “It all went well and we completed the 25 miles of Day One in 10 hours. To date we have raised £1,320.00 which will be matched by another donor. The final total raised by all walkers will be announced later but we hope to have raised, with the matched funding, a total of £100,000.

Stephen is closing his  fundraising page on July 20th but donations can still be made before that date.

The weather was kind to us (not too much sun and only some light rain). Starting at East Ilsey off the A34, the walk passed through beautiful English countryside and places of interest: the open vistas and fields of wheat/barley on the chalklands, crossing the Thames at Streatley and Goring, walking north along the Thames, up the Ridgeway on to the Chilterns, along Grim’s ditch, through beech woodlands and past several picturesque churches (Nuffield and St Boloph’s chapel), ending the walk at Lewknor, just off the M40.

We were each given a photo of a child being sponsored in the Mwumba Child Focussed Community Transformation (CFTC) programme. Above is our photo of our sponsored child, Ferdianne. This kept us focused on the purpose of the walk: to support the work in Burundi aiming to lift 15,000 people out of extreme poverty.” 

Below is the latest Mwumba Project update. Thanks to everyone for supporting the work in Burundi and we hope you find the attached report gives you a good feel of how your gifts have been used and you are encouraged by the progress that is being made.

Mwumba project summary June 2021 MJ

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Food for the Hungry believes that change must not be imposed from outside.  The local leaders identify the needs that are most important to their community. Any change is brought about by working with the local people – Food for the Hungry call this “walking with the poor”.

Food for the Hungry also believes any change must be sustainable over the long term –  there is no quick fix.  The Wadhurst-Burundi Link aims to continue its support for the community of Mwumba over the next three years until 2025.