My name is Shannon and I attend John Moores Univeristy in Liverpool, UK. I have the opportunity to go to Namibia to help young children affected by Aids and HIV. I need to raise the money towards the cost. I am a keen photographer and so in return for any donations £10 or over you can choose a unique image that i will be taking while i am there. i will email it to you on my return. For the top 3 donators i will create their chosen image into a canvas and send it out to you.
Below are more details about the aims of the placement
Around 20% of all adults in Namibia are living with HIV/Aids. A further 17,000 children aged 15 or under are infected and around 85,000 children have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS. Now, thanks to an international exchange programme, managed by UK Sport, nine students from LJMU are hoping to use traditional African games to help educate young Namibians about how to prevent the spread of the virus. The placements have been organised as part of the IDEALS (International Development through Excellence and Leadership in Sport) Advanced exchange programme for young people aged 18-35. This programme offers UK students the chance to gain practical experience of sports development overseas while also developing their leadership and coaching skills. Five of the placement students will be acting as mentors and organising sports activities for young Namibians while working as volunteers with PAY (Physically Active Youth), an NGO affiliated to the University of Namibia. Two students will be delivering sports activities on behalf of SCORE (Sports Coach Outreach) while the remaining two students will be helping organise the Namibian team for the Special Olympics in Shanghai later this year. Launched in January 2006, the IDEALS international exchange programme has previously enabled students from the universities of Bath, Loughborough, Durham, Stirling, Northumbria and UWIC to compete for the limited placement places. Unprecedentedly in 2007, IDEALS decided that only LJMU students would be eligible for the exchange programme in Namibia. A competitive interview process, involving Faculty staff and representatives from UK Sport, was used to select the nine successful students. While in Namibia, the students will undertake field studies in north and west Namibia where the prevalence of HIV/AIDs is high. They will also be expected to work closely with colleagues from the University of Namibia, sharing best practice on aspects of the UK's approach to teaching PE and sport at school and club level that could be harnessed in Africa.