So I have signed up to complete the 3 day Snowdonia Challenge in June this year. The Cariad Project is a new charity and I am hoping that the challenge might be a way to raise our profile, gain some supporters and maybe raise a little money too. The charity is essentially myself Sarah founder and trustee and my 2 lovely trustees Ann a very talented teacher and just a bit mad and Tash social media queen and quite a lot mad. Cariad was the working title when I was putting together the idea for the charity, and it just stuck because Love is what the charity is all about.
So if you are new to The Cariad Project, it’s a charity that I have set up with the aim of keeping disability equipment out of landfill here if it can be put to good use at centres that need support in Africa. The first centre I am working with is the BWIMWA Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the direction of Hubert Nday Umba and Leon Mwenze Kabongo the centre has a school teaching 136 students with physical disabilities. The 12 teachers are also living with disabilities themselves.
The centre aims to provide social stimulus, medical support and education so that people living with disabilities can be integrated fully into the community and can improve there living conditions. By enabling people with disabilities to develop skills they can go to work and provide for themselves. This in turn reduces begging, risk from violence and unemployment which impacts positively on the individual and on the development of the country.
The centre is doing amazing work in difficult conditions; unlike the medical and education support we take for granted BWIMWA is supporting people despite a lack of equipment and supplies, lack of boarding for students and lack of drinking water.
The Cariad Project will seek to support BWIMWA through the provision of equipment which they have identified would improve the good work they are already doing. The equipment required is a range of medical and therapy items and also training and education materials.
The DRC is a country with so many problems and one that seems sadly forgotten in many ways. I’m determined that it shouldn’t be forgotten. If you join me in completing even just one stage of the Snowdonia Challenge you will be helping me to share with a wider audience the difference that The Cariad Project is wanting to make and also to raise some of the issues a country like DRC faces. I am working initially with BWIMWA and as well as equipment there is so much that can be done to help improve conditions, they have issues with electric, water and boarding for students. A part from BWIMWA there are 6 other centres across the country all supporting people with disabilities. The DRC is a war torn country that is need of some love.. please help if you can.