Using the power of collaboration and partnership between the communities of Bristol and the communities of Beira we can create positive outcomes for Beira and for Bristol.
Using the power of collaboration and partnership between the communities Bristol and Beira we can create positive outcomes for Beira.
in 1990, Bristol signed a Friendship Agreement with Beira to celebrate the end of Apartheid in neighbouring South Africa. Bristol Link with Beira (BLB) is a charity that promotes people-to-people networks between the cities of Bristol in the UK and Beira in Mozambique, to empower and benefit local communities and generate links and learning between the two cities. For over 30 years Bristol Link with Beira has been supporting the Municipality of Beira and its communities in partnership with local non-governmental and community-based organisations to develop in the context of the long-term effects of historical conflict and destabilisation. Natural disasters exacerbated by Climate Change add further challenges to Beira, whilst globally we address issues of Climate Justice.
The Mayor of Bristol City Council, Marvin Rees, recently confirmed “I fully endorse the Friendship Agreement between Bristol and Beira, and support Bristol Link with Beira and its charity in their endeavours to increase awareness of urban issues in both our cities. I also aim to contribute to practical proposals for Commonwealth cities, including Beira, to work with national governments to put in place governance and finance to be more resilient to climate change.”
The President of the Municipal Council of Beira, Albano Carige Antonio, responded to the naming of a meeting room in City Hall after its twin city “We have learned that you have paid homage to our beautiful city of Beira, giving its name to a room in your municipal building. We feel very honoured by this great recognition by a municipality with which we have very strong friendship ties over many years. We would like to thank you for this huge gesture”.
Assisting Beira through educational programmes, events and development projects. This has included linking schools, professional volunteer placements, and civic exchanges for Bristol, as well as direct support to organisations in Beira, with various projects including renewable energy, disability, women, and HIV/AIDS.
Bristol Link with Beira have supported this school in Beira for over ten years, including repairs after Cyclone Idai.
Bristol Link with Beira have supported this community-based women’s organisation for many years, including repairs after Cyclone Idai.
Bristol Link with Beira identifies strategic partnerships for funding to supplement donations and enable local organisations to progress a people-to-people approach.
To promote networks in Beira and Bristol to identify links between ideas and opportunities that bring about sustainable change for Beira and Bristol.
Our core values are partnerships, sustainability, equality, participation, empowerment and accountability.
Assist us with fundraising, programmes and management.
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