“It was a fantastic experience to realise that people living miles away from Mozambique took the trouble and time …… to make a difference for those in need in Beira.”
Lucia Cherinda, Mozambique High Commission, Britain
2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship Agreement between Bristol and Beira, Mozambique. The aim, to bring mutual benefits to the peoples of both cities.
The link is facilitated through the Bristol Link with Beira (BLB) part of the small Bristol-based charity, the Southern Africa Resource Centre (SARC), assisted by Alix Hughes, the Bristol International Twinnings Association (BITA) Co-ordinator. Work with Bristol City Council is through Alix and Denise Chung-Parker, Twinning Officer. Catherine Bass is BLB’s representative in Beira.
SARC, itself, was founded in 1989 as a sister organisation to the Bristol Anti-Apartheid Movement local group.
The focus of the Link over the past 20 years has been on: education, health, gender, young people, disability, and culture. In each of these the BLB has listened to what the people of Beira have asked for and tried to respond. This has resulted in teacher, political, and cultural exchanges; help with the democratic process; and, support for women’s groups and organisations working with children, young people, and on disability. A number of containers of material aid have been sent and a variety of projects supported through a small grants initiative.