A Wycombe based charity was given a £52,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Congo Up, who aim to help those suffering from famine in the UK and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, where given the money just before Christmas last year.

The money from the grant will go towards the charity’s Francophone African Diaspora Cultural Heritage Oral History project, which will help the African community in Wycombe celebrate their history.

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This project will work with individuals of the Francophone African community in the town to record testimonies and personal stories of up to 40 individuals, where they'll explore the resettlement experience of this community and produce an African cookbook.

Additionally, the project will focus on the resettlement experiences which will include migration journeys, integration, employment and mental health issues since 1990s, as well as developing a multi-media archive of materials including a website, arts & crafts exhibitions and an African music and cultural heritage festival to be held throughout High Wycombe.

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The grant will also see significant benefits for the wider community, as this project aims to give people the experience of learning about the culture.