There has been a long-running link between Minchinhampton and a village in the Tabora region called Nkokoto. Numerous health, agricultural, water and educational projects have been completed to make a difference to the quality of the lives of the villagers.
A range of community groups in Nailsworth are currently investigating a link with a neighbouring village, with three residents having recently returned from a fact-finding visit.
At last week’s Town Council meeting in Stroud, members supported a request from Cllr Gek-Bee Prout to hold an event to explore whether there is interest in developing a similar link between Stroud and another neighbouring village.
“The stories of the warm, colourful people in Tanzania and their struggle for survival are very moving,” said Gek-Bee, who represents the council on Stroud’s FairTrade Steering Group. “It is rewarding work for givers and receivers, and links through small groups ensures that money is spent wisely and productively.”
The Town Council has agreed to arrange a town centre venue for a public showing of a new film about the Tanzanian villages. People attending the event will then be invited to form a special steering group to investigate how a link with Stroud could be developed.
Full details of the film event will be finalised in a few weeks time.
Article added online: 17th September 2010