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Wales and Africa

The mother of this local family was brought home from hospital safe and well. She was transported by a Welsh charity funded motorcycle ambulance.

Wales has a number of links with Africa, which continue to grow. We are currently celebrating 10 years of the Wales for Africa programme! 

The Wales for Africa programme is a beacon for Welsh efforts to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals to overcome poverty and suffering. It reflects the conscious choice of the government and people of Wales to be an outward facing nation that confidently recognises the contribution we can make to the world as active and responsible global citizens.

  • Wales has over 150 community links with Africa, working to broaden horizons, friendships and to improve each others communities.
  • Wales has a fifth of all UK hospital to hospital links with sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Wales is the world’s first Fair Trade Nation!
  • Wales-Mbale 10 Million Tree project with Size of Wales programme was chosen by the UN as one of it's 'Lighthouse Projects' at the launch of Momentum for Change in 2011
  • Wales has the longest established Somali community in Europe.

One example of the support Wales is providing includes in Lesotho in Southern Africa, a Country where many people do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation. In 2017, the Welsh Government supported Welsh charity Dolen Cymru with their project at Phahameng Primary School in Quthing, Lesotho. The project has created a safe and clean toilet system and hand washing facility for 475 pupils and 16 teachers who are now able to attend school without the risk of becoming ill.

The Size of Wales programme  aims to support remote communities in Uganda and to improve their lives by planting 10 million trees. A key focus of this project is to provide access to clean water, water for the people to drink and water to keep trees and crops alive.

People in Wales have big hearts. They belong in a small country but, oh man, they really have the kick of a mule! One is just thrilled.

         Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

Pupils from Pontypridd High School in South Wales and Bubutu High School in Eastern Uganda celebrate their successful school link
Community links
Find out about the different community links between Wales and Africa.
Picture of First Minister Carwyn Jones meets Doctor at endoscope unit in Mbale Hospital donated and maintained by staff from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital (Uganda Visit 2014)
Health links
Find out about how health professionals from Wales are linking with Africa.
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10 Years of Wales for Africa
In October 2016 we marked the 10 year anniversary of the Wales for Africa programme, which now has 350 active projects across 25 African nations.