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Weʼre raising £1,000 to fund education for war orphans in Democratic Republic of Congo by walking 135 miles to Bardsey Island.

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In 2017, while working alongside refugees and asylum seekers with Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary I met Dr Charles Gimba, his wife Niclette and their 3-year old daughter Elliah. The family, now complete with son Rehoboth, are refugees from the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Between 8 and 10 million people died in the civil war which raged in DRC between 1997 and 2003. The war was fuelled by rival claims to the country's vast mineral wealth, and violence continues in some Central and Eastern states.
For Dr Charles and his family, the situation back home, particularly for orphans of the conflict, weighs heavily. They come from Kikwit, a city in the west of the country which in 2017 took in several thousand people fleeing massacres in the central Kasai province. In Kikwit, the very basic education available must be paid for, and children cannot attend school unless they can pay for a uniform. Writing materials, and any examinations taken all mean further expense. Education is the only hope for these children, and for their country, and the lack of any way of providing for their schooling inspired Dr Charles to name the charity he formed to support them 'Hope for the Hopeless'. The charity aims to fund schooling and higher education for as many children as possible, and to support women left widowed by the conflict.
It has been possible to support a few children with the funds Dr Charles has been able to raise so far, but it is difficult to attract support when we are all constantly surrounded by so many cries for help.
That is why I have chosen to support 'Hope for the Hopeless' in raising sponsorship for my forthcoming pilgrimage to Bardsey Island, off the coast of the Lleyn peninsula in Wales. I will be walking about 135 miles over a period of 2 weeks starting on April 5th. A theme of my walk is trusting in God and in the kindness of strangers, and I've been sourcing overnight accommodation for each stop with local people via their town's clergy.

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  • Kim Fitzwarine-Smith12 hrs ago
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    12 hrs ago

    With the help of so many kind people, and perfect weather, I made it to Bardsey, or Inis Enlli to give it its proper Welsh name. Here's a picture of the mainland I took on Saturday from the top of Mynydd Enlli. Big thanks to everyone who walked with me and to all the hosts and hostesses who showed me such warm hospitality. And to you: thank you all so much for your generous donations. Your kindness will literally change children's lives.

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  • Kim Fitzwarine-Smith22 days ago
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    Kim Fitzwarine-Smith

    22 days ago

    Over half way to my target! Thanks so much for your kindness, generosity and encouragement - it really means a lot. Spoke to the kind people providing accommodation for the first three nights today....can't wait to meet them all! Also invested in some heavy duty waterproofs!

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Page last updated on: 4/23/2019 20.52

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 17, 2019

    £30.00

  • Laura Stewart

    Laura Stewart

    Apr 15, 2019

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 14, 2019

    Thinking of you Kim! Jacqui x

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 10, 2019

    I don't know you Kim, but I know Richard. What you're doing is a great activity! All the best and hope the blisters aren't too painful!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 9, 2019

    A wonderful walk for a wonderful cause. Very special to meet you. Look forward to the book! RnJ xx

    £30.00

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    Apr 8, 2019

    £20.00

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    Apr 8, 2019

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