Welcome to Hay2Timbuktu


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How did a small town in the Welsh borders come to be twinned with an ancient seat of learning on the edge of the Sahara?  
In 2007, Timbuktu began the search for a UK community with which to establish a partnership.  Hay eventually beat off competition from around the UK to be chosen as Timbuktu’s twin, recognising a shared love of the written word and the special resonance between the two communities.  Hay2Timbuktu (H2T) was officially formed, with a vision to:
“gather the people of Timbuktu and Hay-on-Wye to share, exchange and celebrate our unique character, resourcefulness and goodwill to the mutual benefit and enrichment of our two communities”
Understanding and respecting difference is an underpinning principle of Hay2Timbuktu. Our link with “The South”, with a city in one of the poorest nations in the world, will bring a global dimension to ourlives here in Wales.
Hay2Timbuktu is founded on the firm belief that we must reach out to Africa in order to strengthen our own community and to help safeguard the often fragile way of life of our partners in The South.  This is very much a two-way process, and we have much to learn from one another.   But we believe that through goodwill, sustained commitment and genuine friendship our two communities will prosper together.  

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