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Urgent COVID-19 Appeal on behalf of the people of Timbuktu

We have just had word that COVID-19 has reached Hay’s twin town of Timbuktu. After years of turmoil and destruction in the region our friends now find themselves fighting this new global pandemic but unlike us, they do not have reliable access to basic hygiene something we take for granted and have relied so heavily on to see us through so far.

Just think how many times you have washed your hands these last 9 weeks. Now imagine dealing with this pandemic without having any soap or water let alone alcohol gel. Well, that is exactly the situation for the people of Timbuktu who are now facing increasing daily death tolls – they urgently need our help.

Hay2Timbuktu, working with AMSS – Association Malienne Pour La Survie au Sahel our charity partner on the ground in Mali, are hoping to raise funds to supply basic hygiene items for the community of Timbuktu.

Our initial goal is to raise £5000 with all items purchased & distributed by AMSS in Mali.

We hope you will help us you can Donate Here

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. More recently we raised funds to build much needed toilet blocks in three schools in Timbuktu.

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Registered charity no: 1122706