Ashwell’s Sunday revels will support projects in Africa

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An Ashwell-based charity which is marking its 10th anniversary this year hopes that a village event this weekend will be a moneyspinner.

Diapalante supports self-help projects in two of the world’s least developed countries, Mauritania and Senegal in West Africa.

Diapalante, whose name means working together, is founded on partnerships built by teenager Caroline Chandler who spent a year working on a development project in Mauritania.

It works with African partners on life-changing projects including a cattle vaccination park to help herdsmen make a more reliable living, wheelchairs and a craft centre to help people with disabilities.

Current projects include health support for street children in Kankossa in Mauritania and in Senegal a community education centre in Kaolack, one of its larger towns.

Revels on the Rec, which runs on Sunday from noon to 7pm, features lots of music, stalls and entertainment and will be raising funds to support a community education centre regularly attended by more than 300 people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Funds raised on the day will help supply secondhand computers complete with appropriate business and educational software.

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The shipping container which takes the computers to Africa will also be used to send other useful equipment, such as sewing machines to create business opportunies and crayons and pencils for children.

Sunday’s event is free but there are lots of opportunities for children and adults to enjoy themselves and spend some money on stalls.

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