I have recently been given the wonderful opportunity to participate in a community volunteering trip to Sierra Leone in February 2014 along with some members from my Sixth Form college. The country has recently emerged from a terrible civil war only ten years ago, and poverty and disease are rife. Most citizens live on less than $1 a day.
Whilst in Sierra Leone, I will be getting involved with the teaching in both Nelson Mandela High School and Hope Preparatory School, both with which my Sixth Form has a strong partnership. Over the last 4 years we have raised enough money to build a new classroom for the school, something we are extremely proud of and hope to open when over there. However, we wish to improve some of the teaching methods over there and open the pupils’ eyes to many new aspects of education. Due to my personal interest in Physics and Astronomy, I hope to teach many of the children about the wonders of our Universe and the meaning behind what they see when they look up to the sky at night. In addition to this, I shall also be visiting and helping out with many projects funded by WPUK (Waterloo Partnership UK). These include the Health Centre, the Seeds and Tools project; a scheme which aims to help many poverty stricken and often war widowed women farm and provide for their families; and many more.
As an 18 year old, I believe this visit would greatly benefit both myself, allowing me to experience cultural differences, as well as all those at the schools and in the community. I know that the trip will be a real eye-opener, but I really hope to make a difference whilst over there. As part of the project, we have been asked to raise the money to fund the trip ourselves, so any donation, however small or large, would be greatly appreciated. If the donations exceed the amount required, I will be buying more school supplies to add to the equipment we already plan to take. I would also purchase as many uniforms as I can for the children in Sierra Leone which would allow them to attend school, an opportunity denied to many young people there due to poverty. As a thank you for any donations, I will email out a set of photos from the trip once I have returned if requested, so that you can see what your money has helped to bring about.
I hope you can join me in helping to change the lives of a younger generation who can then rebuild their country.
Thank you for your consideration,