Here's another fantastic cause the lend your support to. At the beginning of 2012, accomplished explorers Christopher Stansfield and Kris McBride will embark on an epic journey across the Northern African desert from Port Sudan, next to the Red Sea, down to Djibouti and on into Somaliland (an unrecognised self declared sovereign state that is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia).
The whole trek is to highlight the health of the people of Somaliland, which is amongst the worst in Africa. Their trek will actually end at Edna Adna's Maternity Hospital, an organisation their also trying to raise awareness for. Edna Adna was the first qualified Somali midwife and went on to be the World Health Organisation's regional nursing advisor. She eventually upped sticks and sold everything she had to build her very own Maternity Hospital in Somaliland itself, which has proven to be a valuable institution for women in the surrounding area.
As well as providing valuable health care to women in Somaliland the Edna Adna Maternity Hospital also tries to provide help and guidance to address the problem of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and all the complications it can cause. The money donated from Christopher and Kris's trek will help provide new equipment and training for Somalian women to become midwives and nurses. Obviously the money raised will also contribute to keeping the Maternity Hospital running on a day to day basis, providing locals with valuable healthcare.
It's an absolutely fantastic cause and any money donated can make a difference. If you'd like to donate, you can go to the Edna Adna Maternity Hospital website. We've donated some Platypus Hydration Reservoir's, first aid kit, Head Torches and some washing products ourselves, so hopefully that will see them through!
You can also check out everything to do with Christopher and Kris's trek on their website, including a blog once they get underway and all the additional information you'll need about the charity!