Hampshire scouts to travel to Africa

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A GROUP of Scouts and Guides from Hampshire will travel to Africa to join a charity building a medical centre in a remote village.

In total, 37 teenagers will fly out to Tanzania to support the project of the African Space Trust.

Over the past year the Scouts and Guides, aged between 14 and 18, have been preparing for the trip, hosted by Hampshire Scouts, by taking part in training weekends which have included lessons in Swahili, specialised first aid and development work on campsites.

The team will help African Space Trust to build a medical centre in Itete. Once up and running, the centre will give villagers access to general health diagnosis and treatments, vaccinations, maternity services and educational information.

Explorer Scout Kurtis Mengham, 17, from Portsmouth, said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the trip and to finally see what all the hard work has achieved. It’s also going to be great to meet Tanzanian Scouts and the local villagers, and seeing what the project means to them.’

The Scouts and Guides had to raise £2.300 each towards the expedition costs and £500 for the community project in order to attend.