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Hampshire church youngsters back African charity
YOUNG members of a Hampshire church have been raising funds for an African charity.
Project Luangwa in Zambia aims to help communities improve their long-term economic prospects while protecting the environment and wildlife.
Abbey United Reformed Church in Romsey’s involvement came after members of the congregation, Sarah Beaman, 47, of Ower, her husband Richard, 45, and their 11-year-old daughter Kathleen visited the country on holiday two years ago.
They visited a school which teaches children alongside their lessons about sustainability.
Women can also come to the facility to learn about operating a sewing machine, so they can become a dressmaker.
Project Luangwa was formed by the Safari Operators of South Luangwa as part of their commitment to responsible tourism.
It also encourages Zambian people to get training to support themselves and teaching locals about the importance of conserving the animals in bringing in tourism.
The scheme recently took 24 local teenagers to stay at Kafunta River Lodge on the banks of the Luangwa river for a four-day safari to gain a better understanding of conservation of their environment and wildlife and understand how a visitor sees it.
When the family returned they suggested the charity and the chosen good cause for the United Reformed Church’s Sunday School group.