Who we are, what we do and why we do it.
The Cumbria-Rungwe Community Link was established in 1987 with the aim of linking two rural communities from West Cumbria in the UK and the Rungwe district in Tanzania. Our principle objective is to promote awareness and understanding between what may appear to be two very different cultures. Through a process of experiencing something of each other’s lives we seek to promote friendship and a realisation of what people have in common.
The Cumbria-Rungwe community link is a unique charity based in West Cumbria. It was established in 1987 with the aim of linking our rural community with that of the rural community of Rungwe District in Tanzania. The idea was for both communities to share and understand both the similarities and differences of their respective cultures.
We offer a unique experience to young people aged 15-17 to join the two year cycle.
The first year of the cycle is primarily to fundraise for a group of Tanzanian students and leaders to travel to West Cumbria. During their time in Cumbria, the group are hosted by Cumbrian families. They attend primary and secondary schools; visit local places of interests and take part in Whitehaven carnival, among a variety of other cultural activities.
During the second year of the project, a group of young people from Cumbria take part in a month long visit to Tanzania. We visit our linked secondary and primary schools and fully immerse ourselves in Tanzanian culture.
Alongside our youth exchange, the money fundraised goes towards much-needed educational and community projects in the Rungwe district and directly impacts the community we visit.
The experience is a truly life-changing one that will establish life-long friendships with people across the world.
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