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Spotlight on Bira

Bira is proving to us all that you can make a difference to people’s lives whatever your circumstance. She is a 63-year-old widow and one of our Senior Community Health Promoters who only took up her initial training when she was 61!

Her position helps to educate the women in her village about basic hygiene and sanitary care that we all take for granted - such as the importance of boiling water for drinking and cooking, washing hands after going to the toilet, keeping animals away from areas where water is being pumped, and keeping separate food preparation areas from the latrines. Many of these simple practices can eliminate the deadly diseases typically found in her village, such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery.


A significant part of Bira’s work is also to identify those who need urgent medical attention. Bira has two other CHP workers to help share the load of visiting the 500 households in the village, but even so it still takes the three of them up to a month to visit them all. Unfortunately for some it can be too late, as was the case with one man who had an accident and injured his leg. By the time Bira got to him, she saw him waving flies off his leg which had progressed to the gangrene stage. She made sure he was taken straight to hospital and although they saved his life, they were unable to save his leg. And this has been a real concern to Bira - that it takes too long for her and the other CHP workers to visit all 500 households. If only she had transport.

But thanks to your support, Spotlight in Africa has been able to provide all CHP team leaders in the village with brand new bikes so that they are able to get around more quickly. Butwe would like to be able to provide bikes to all of our CHPs, not just the team leaders. If you are able to, please make a donation today to help us make this a reality.



Thank you Nicky, your legacy is saving lives

The estate of Nicky Konstantopoulos, Melbourne Australia, made an incredible donation to Spotlight on Africa after she lost a long battle with cancer. They gifted £5,000 to pay for a borehole that provides clean water to hundreds of people. A plaque has been attached to this borehole so that her memory will always live on. The plaque reads:

Thank you Nicky Konstantopoulos
You never got to visit Africa but this small patch of Africa is a better place because of you
1962 – 2013

If you are interested in leaving a legacy to Harpenden Spotlight on Africa, please email

Tickets still available for The Spotlight Ball

Come and help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary at our black tie event onFriday 20th May at Sopwell House. Tickets cost £65 and are available from There will be a drinks reception, music from The Soulmates and a three-course meal.

Volunteers needed for our stalls and street collection

Would you be able to help on one of our stalls? If you think you could donate an hour of your time on Saturday 11th June at the Harpenden Carnivalor Sunday 10th July at the Highland Gathering, please

Or if you would be happy to shake a collection tin at our Street Collection in Harpenden on Saturday 10th September, please 

Events Calendar

Sunday 24th April 2016
Bethan Rees is running the London Marathon in aid of HSoA
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Friday 20th May 2016
Spotlight's 10th Anniversary Ball at Sopwell House
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Saturday 11th June 2016
Harpenden Carnival on Harpenden Common
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Sunday 10th July 2016
Highland Gathering at Rothamsted Park
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Saturday 10th September 2016
Street Collection in Harpenden
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Thursday 29th September 2016
Our Annual Golf Day at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club
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Thursday 20th October 2016
Big Chinese Night Out at Chef Peking
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