I’m walking the 640km Jordan Trail solo to fundraise for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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Why the Jordan Trail?
It's time to test myself on a trek of over 500km, and I've wanted to see Jordan ever since I worked in nearby Lebanon but was unable to visit. Imaging walking into the back entrance of Petra!
For starters, MSF works in Jordan. The organisation provides vital care for some of the country’s 600,000 Syrian refugees, as well as for vulnerable Jordanians.From treating diabetes and heart problems to providing trauma surgery, MSF's work in Jordan is varied and important.
But this is personal, too. I've worked with MSF three times:
1. In Swaziland, as part of efforts to combat the epidemics of HIV and TB epidemics that contribute to an average life expectancy of just 49 years. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/swaziland
2. In Lebanon, where MSF was responding to the outbreak of war in Syria. This led to a huge increase of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/lebanon
3. In Kyrgyzstan, again as part of a TB project in Osh. Despite high rates of TB, people in Kyrgyzstan struggle to access the care they need. See: http://www.msf.org.uk/country/kyrgyzstan
More than 90% of MSF's funding comes from people like you and me. MSF doesn't need government money that comes with strings attached — so by remaining independent, it can go wherever the need is greatest.
When you donate today, you'll be supporting MSF's vital work — both in Jordan and around the world.