New Health Centre in Bereko
Our relationship with the Bereko Community is enriching in so many ways. It is important to us that it is primarily a friendship. This is growing stronger over the years and brings benefits to both communities. In fact, our friendship has brought us together within Paddock Wood and within Bereko as much as between our two communities.
Over the years, we have learned more about the Bereko community's priorities, and have been able to offer support, sometimes assisting with funding where they can, for example, make bricks but not buy the roofing sheets. We have also facilitated donations of second hand school uniforms, text books or medicines.
At home, we have worked together to develop a greater understanding of life in Bereko. We have stands at the Paddock Wood carnival to raise awareness of the differences between life in Bereko and in Paddock Wood. For example our displays and activities have focussed on power, water, fish farming and sanitation.
Our schools have worked together on events such as a 'no power hour', where each school had to manage for just one hour without electricity. Even this short time was a challenge for some.
Currently we are working with the Bereko Garden Group on its agriculture project. Previously, we have supported work to develop a new Health Centre, a new classroom in the new primary school, medicines for the town dispensaries and other projects.
If you are interested in supporting this work please do contact us. Donations are always most welcome!