October 2022

Thank you so much to those of you who sponsored Paul’s 3-Peaks walk/run marathon at the end of September. Paul, Andy and Phil managed to get round Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in 6 hours and 45 minutes.

More importantly, sponsors chipped in £2861, a really useful contribution to Butoke when it is being hit by rapidly rising fuel and food costs.

August 2022: Cost of Living crisis and Butoke

The Cost of Living Crisis which is affecting so many in the UK has also affected Butoke. Its day to day running costs have increased significantly and its income has decreased: we raise money in pounds sterling for its activities but in the DRC business is done in US dollars. The pound is worth 10% less against the dollar than at the beginning of the year.

Paul is asking people to sponsor him to walk/run the Yorkshire Three Peaks next month to raise funds for Butoke. If you feel able to sponsor him, here is a link to his justgiving page.

April 2022: maternity unit update

Many of you kindly sponsored Paul last autumn as we tried to raise the final funds necessary to get the maternity unit in Tshimbundu up and running.

The maternity unit has now been active for over 6 months and on average around 50 women are giving birth their every month. Previously they would have had to give birth without access to any proper medical facilities.

Here are a couple of pictures of the maternity unit now that it is open. The facilities are clearly basic but nevertheless represent a significant step forward for the local community.