Leeds: £9,500 for Leeds African project

A Leeds-based scheme which supports an African village has been given a timely funding boost.

The Department for International Development is spending 3 million over three years on a scheme called Global Community Links (GCL).

This scheme funds projects intended to educate the British public about impoverished nations, chiefly in Africa and Asia.

The Burley Tereli Friendship Trust, (BTFT), in Burley-in-Wharfedale,

which raises money for a small African village in Mali got 9,550 from the Government scheme.

Trade unions, charities, schools and churches can apply for the money – but any organisation that receives it must agree to spend it all in Britain and is specifically barred from sending any abroad.

Schemes being helped by the Whitehall fund include an "Afro-Cuban dance gala" in Cambridge and Fair Trade coffee mornings in Huddersfield.

The BTFT received the 9,550 to stage conferences and make a video about a twinning project linking Burley-in-Wharfedale with Tereli in Mali.

The Trust has been established for almost two decades raising money for the small African village.

As far back as 1989 Burley was raising money through Christian Aid for impoversished youngsters in Africa.

Mary Wood, of the BTFT which has raised 60,000 itself over the last five years, said the much-needed cash would certainly be put to good use,

She said: "Despite the reservations expressed, we remain confident that the use of the money entrusted to the Burley Tereli Friendship Trust will reap a real benefit for the people of Tereli and the Dogon Region.

"The primary use of the funding will be to produce educational materials that will support DVDs highlighting the needs of some of the world's poorest people living in one of the harshest environments

imaginable."

Trli and Burley, are linked because the people in each village live life at exactly the same time despite being separated by thousands of miles but both are situated along the Meridian Line.

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