Edmonton charity workers climb African peak as part of aid mission to continent

Time to Help UK is on a mission to help young people develop and succeed in developing countries

Time to Help UK
The Time to Help UK team in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

An eight-strong team of staff and volunteers from an Edmonton Green aid charity has completed a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest peak.

Time to Help UK, which combines social activities with aid efforts, is dedicated to offering new alternative programmes to young people. The charity’s team took seven days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and made many new friends along the way.

Beyond the “personal challenge of conquering this majestic mountain”, the Time to Help UK team’s primary goal was to raise awareness about the difficult living conditions faced by many in Tanzania and wider East Africa.

A fundraising drive also raised an impressive £40,000, with a significant proportion being utilised to establish a bakery project, providing essential daily bread for individuals affected by the ongoing war in Yemen.

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Following the completion of the Mount Kilimanjaro climb, Time to Help UK’s volunteers are now travelling to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. There, they will sponsor and actively participate in renovating an orphanage for young children.

In addition, they plan to inaugurate four water wells, meeting the drinking water needs of approximately 9,000 people in Dar Es Salaam. They also aim to sponsor ten girls attending a government school in Bagamoyo, who currently lack the financial means to stay in the school’s dormitory.

Rana Akturk, from the Fore Street-based charity, said: “We are proud to share that our activities will continue beyond this expedition.

“In September, we have planned aid programmes in Kenya, and in October, we will be focusing on aid programmes in Uganda.”

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