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Simien Mountains Charity Appeal

Simien Mountains Charity Appeal

10 years ago two very special clients trekked with Mountain Kingdoms to the Simien Mountains. They fell in love with the country and its people. Being passionate, altruistic and very practical, they decided to make it their life’s work to improve the health of the people in that region. They set up the Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service, and have been committed to improving access to essential healthcare and medical services in the region focusing mainly on maternal and neonatal healthcare.

Unfortunately the war in Ethiopia has had a large impact on SMMMS. However, despite the difficult and often dangerous circumstances, all of their staff are safe and now out of harm’s way. They continue to operate in support of all but two of the 13 health clusters they support, while also providing assistance to the Debark Hospital.

SMMMS are taking part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge which was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, to help small charities raise funds to support deserving charity projects. This year’s Christmas Challenge will take place from noon on 30 November until noon on 7 December.

During the Challenge, any donation to SMMMS can be doubled by matching funds from their Champion, EthiopiAid-UK, and pledges from other donors.

They have GBP 4,750 in matching funds toward their target of GBP 9,500.00. So, if you would like to donate and have your donation double, just click here: Christmas Challenge 2021 (thebiggive.org.uk)

Further information on the incredible work of SMMMS, please visit their website http://simienmountainsmobilemedicalservice.org/

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'I was travelling with my American photo friend and we had hired a 4x4 in Leh to drive us to spend a couple of nights in Lamayuru. We were up at first light to walk up to the Monastery. We were lucky to be the only foreigners on site amongst a small group of local villagers. Suddenly out of a doorway in the courtyard came monks dressed in amazing finery. They then started to dance in total silence. The only sound was the swooshing of their garments ! It was quite eerie ! The dance went on for around ten minutes in which time I managed to acquire some interesting pictures.'

Many congratulations to Chris, his prize is £250 towards a Mountain Kingdoms holiday. We look forward to seeing what brilliant images he captures on his future travels.

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If you’d like to discover Costa Rica for yourself there is availability on both of this year’s departures of our Gentle Walking & Wildlife Costa Rica small group holiday.

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