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Pieta Karoniemi

Walking with her - 70km three-generation hike

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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My story

[p][b]Longing for adventure [/b][/p][p]I’ve been longing for an adventure, not least because my partner and his dad are about to do a 154km (96-mile) hike together. So naturally, I then spontaneously asked my mum if she’d be up for a three-generation walk, bringing along my two-year-old daughter. She jumped at the opportunity (to be honest, probably not thinking through the full implications of this). And so the idea was born for a toddler, a mum and a grandma (‘mummo’ as we call her) to walk 70km (44 miles) on the southwest coast path from St Ives to Penzance in Cornwall, UK.[/p][p]I’ve cycle-toured over the Alps and across remote Scottish isles, climbed up some big hills and small mountains, skied in the Arctic cold, and trekked in the heat of Africa and the familiar drizzle of the UK. I’ve walked this exact route before too (wearing a too small pair of hiking boots), so why all the fuss about this adventure? [/p][p][i]Challenge 1[/i]: Like anyone with a small child would know, as much as my toddler loves walking, she has her own version of the right direction. Bring on 70km of gentle encouragement towards the desired route. [/p][p][i]Challenge 2[/i]: As the toddler will need carrying in a toddler backpack for much of the journey (and hopefully not resist it too badly), we can only take one other rucksack between the three of us for all of our stuff – including copious amounts of necessary toddler kit and endless snacks for everyone. [/p][p][i]Challenge 3[/i]: Although mummo loves walking too, she’s never done a multi-day hike, never carried a big bag over a long distance, and is not used to very hilly terrain. She says she’s doing some training by foraging in the Finnish woods all summer, carrying heavy buckets of blueberries. [/p][p][b]In her shoes [/b][/p][p]While this will be a (hopefully) fun adventure for the three of us, women and girls in many parts of the world walk long distances every day - because they have to. [/p][p]One of these places is Nkhata Bay North, a hard-to-reach region in northern Malawi, where many villages are only accessible by foot. Here women and girls are typically responsible for many household chores, such as walking to collect firewood and to fetch water. From the most isolated villages, the trek to the closest health clinic can be up to 9 hours – a journey made much harder if you are very ill, pregnant or escorting a sick child. [/p][p]Our walk of 70km, which we’ll do over a week or so (let’s see what the toddler dictates), is also the same distance as the daily return trip for some girls to get to the closest secondary school. Obviously these girls can’t manage this distance every day and end up skipping school days - and may eventually drop out.[/p][p]With our walk, we want to raise funds to enable some of these secondary-school-aged girls to walk less.[/p][p][b]Help us make a difference[/b][/p][p]Recently, Temwa (a most lovely charity that I feel very lucky to work for) finished constructing a girls’ hostel at one of the five local secondary schools in Nkhata Bay North, in partnership with the local community. This will reduce the distances that girls have to walk, while providing them a safe place to stay away from home. However, the hostel doesn’t yet have beds and that’s where we need your help.[/p][p]For example:[/p][p][b]£17[/b] (€18) can buy a mattress for 1 girl [/p][p][b]£50[/b] (€55) can buy a bunk bed for 2 girls [/p][p][b]£84[/b] (€90) can buy a bunk bed and mattresses for 2 girls [/p][p]Hang on, you may now be questioning my project management skills and asking why on earth did Temwa build a hostel, but not budget for beds? Well, we didn’t actually budget for a hostel either, but only for eight toilets, as initially agreed with the local community, with the aim of reducing girls’ absences from school especially during menstruation. Then, as construction was about to start, the community said that, actually, another major reason for the poor enrolment and retention of girls at secondary school are the long distances to school (even 35km) and a lack of safe places to sleep. So, they recommended, let’s build a hostel too. This major development was possible thanks to labour and materials (such as making 20,000 bricks) contributed by the community members themselves. And this is why the hostel still needs beds. The idea is, however, clearly popular as another school in the region has since built a similar hostel too.[/p][p]Our [b]minimum fundraising target is £1,050[/b] (which we've already smashed thanks to all your amazingly generous donations!) - this will provide beds for 25 girls. However, [b]about £1,600 is needed for the hostel to operate at full capacity[/b]. Even the smallest of donations help. And if you are not in a position to contribute financially, you can still help by spreading the word of our adventure, or by joining us on our training walks![/p][p]Many thanks for your support![/p][p]---------------------------------------[/p][p][b]About Temwa[/b][/p][p]Temwa, meaning ‘love within a community’ in the Tumbuka language, is an inspiring small charity that I’ve been working for for the past three years. I love our grassroots approach of bringing communities together and empowering local people to overcome development challenges through interlinked local solutions. At the moment, our work ranges from supporting adoption of sustainable agriculture and forest management to improving health services and education opportunities in remote communities. For more information, feel free to ask me or check out our website: [url=http://www.temwa.org]www.temwa.org[/url].[/p][p][b]Toddler disclaimer[/b][/p][p]Women in Malawi commonly carry their babies and toddlers in cloth wraps on their backs while going on about all their daily activities. I want to believe that the same is doable on a multi-day hike. However, in case of torrential rain and gale-force winds, my two-year-old may not be happy to walk the full 70km, although she is a pretty resilient, adventurous little thing. We have a contingency plan to allow her to skip some sections of the walk if the weather will be unbearable for her.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

22 Sep 2019

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Oct 3, 2019

Emma

Congratulations on completing the walk and raising loads for a worthy cause!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 25, 2019

Lorraine Fairbanks

You’re all incredible and what an amazing inspiration you set for Hilla. She will know she can achieve anything because her Mumma can and she already has at such a young age. Wish you all many more brilliant adventures.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 25, 2019

Rowena

What a wonderful challenge and a wonderful cause! X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2019

Anonymous

Very many congratulations girls, you all did remarkably well. Love Suze xxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2019

Julia Perry

Good luck Pieta and family. What a great cause, great effort! Julia, Rob and Olivia xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2019

Teija

You are making a difference, Pieta. Happy hiking to you all and give a huge hug to Hilla. Teija

£20.00

Sep 17, 2019

Anne and Geoff

Go girls! Amazing feat!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 17, 2019

Tamara, Alex and Torrin.

So impressive! Keep going. Xxx

Sep 17, 2019

Sally

Hope you are managing to enjoy the walk and the weather kind to you. A brilliant effort for Temwa. Thank you

£30.00

Sep 16, 2019

Hilary

Good luck Pieta and team!! Hilary, Huw and Anwen xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid