Two towns brought together through a love of books
Hay2Timbuktu is a registered charity based in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. In 2007, Hay had the privilege of being twinned with Timbuktu in Mali. The two towns share a love of books – Hay being famous for its abundance of bookshops, and Timbuktu renowned for its ancient manuscripts.
A message of thanks from Timbuktu:
Since 2007 friendships have been made and those in both towns have benefited from understanding each others cultures and histories.
The people of Hay, and external funders, have been generous in their support of activities in Timbuktu. We have been able to fund the education of girls in schools, provision of health clinics and training of midwives and funds were raised for a motorbike ambulance.
Last year we raised funds to build much needed toilet blocks in three schools in Timbuktu and this year we are about to begin the installation of Solar Panel Stations at our partner schools. This proejct will bring access to electric light into children’s homes around Timbuktu, enabling them to complete their home work after school.
Hay Primary School have become very involved in the life of those in Timbuktu and helped raise funds for ongoing projects while making links with the cuurriculum. Cake sales generated substantial funds and January saw a sponsored darkness day when pupils in Hay worked for a whole day without electricity to see how Timbuktu students face difficulties in studying with limited or no electricity.