12:01PM, Friday 07 September 2012
A 'middle-aged gap experience' for two women in Ethiopia has led to a race against time to save a lost community.
Sybil Sheridan, from Pinkneys Green, and Hila Bram, from Riverside, Maidenhead, first visited the African country four years ago after hearing of a community of about 5,000 Jews, known as Beta Israel, trying to rediscover their heritage.
The pair were inspired to form a new charity, called Meketa (Amharic for protection or support), after seeing first-hand the poverty and lack of resources available.
Meketa, which launches on Sunday at a private event in Ascot, will attempt to raise funds to make sure children receive a full education and provide the resources for the traditional profession of weaving.
Sybil said: "Ethiopia has been so untouched by Western influence and their value system was just so different to ours. I remember being quite angry when I went into a supermarket when I got back and seeing the choice we had."
Visit meketa.org.uk for more information.
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