Hope 2 Oban

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A Taste of Africa welcomed by H2O

With several 'Friends' of H2O having been involved in adventures to the African continent over the past year or so, an evening of drawing folks together to share stories was thought to be long overdue. Hence "A Taste of Africa" took place recently at The Well, a place to hear those stories in a friendly 'African' setting with appropriate helpings of delicious African cuisine.
After a fine intro from Roy Clunie, H2O Chair, Catherine Brown shared some of her experiences on 'Mercy Ships', the international Christian relief organisation who provide much-needed medical operations and life-changing assistance to many, mainly on the West Coast of Africa.
Post African main course, John Macdonald gave the gathering an insight to the work of Tear Fund in Soroti, Uganda where support is given in the form of skill-sharing and training, enabling the local community to provide, sustain and grow through their own efforts and development.
Neil Matheson told the tale of a group of Scottish folk, 'Friends of Pebane', who have taken time over the past 6 years or so, to work with this community in Mozambique. Neil shared about the most recent adventures of the sending of a freight container of goods to support the medical and fishing requiremnets of the area.
A very big thank you must go to our guest speakers, our friends Beltus and Fiaz who travelled all the way from Glasgow to serve us African cuisine and to all in those helped with the preparations, serving and the clearing away on the evening.
'When's the next one' was the cry!