A COMMUNITY programme is to showcase its work in Sunderland.
The Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme will celebrate its hard work and achievements at an exhibition at North Shore, St Peter’s Campus.
The humanitarian programme works in the UK and Africa, alongside charities, to turn peoples lives around through education.
Students from Sunderland University, who have helped the programme with their work, are involved in the project which helps to change the lives of the homeless and orphaned, and alleviate poverty.
Christine Wren, director of the programme, said: “We do things a little differently to help people in the UK and Africa.
“We use the power of education to give people skills and help them to turn their lives around themselves.”
Artwork from orphans who have worked with the programme in Africa will be displayed at the exhibition which will take place on Monday, February 4.
There will also be exhibits of graffiti art from unemployed people who are working with the project in Sunderland.
The night will combine the arts and celebrate the colour and culture of Africa.
There will be traditional African music played, and people who have been helped by the programme will tell their stories.
“It really will be a chance to experience all of the work we do locally, in the UK and in Africa,” said Christine, who started the community programme five years ago.
“It will bring people together.”
The Mount Kilimanjaro Community Programme is registered as a community company, as Christine hopes to be able to create jobs for the people the programme helps.
“We want them to turn their lives around,” she said.
“The programme have been able to help some of the members find jobs, and we want to continue that.
“As an organisation we are all volunteers, none of us are paid, we work because we want to help people.
“But, we do want to help people change their lives and that is why we have registered as a community company.
“Hopefully, we will be able to employ some of them.”
The evening will culminate in the presentation of awards to acknowledge the work of the members of the programme.
It will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Monday, February 4.