At the end of March I’ll be travelling to Burkina Faso to volunteer for 10 weeks with charity International Service, as part of the ICS scheme; I will be living in a local community while working on a development project that has specifically requested help from the charity.

International Service works in countries in South America, Africa and the Middle East to empower some of the world’s most marginalised people (including women, those with disabilities, and young people) through supporting people to understand their rights and giving them the tools to take positive action – to break the cycle of poverty.

Burkina Faso has a history of economic and political instability, considered to be the second poorest country in Africa, and it is the people who are hurt by this. Literacy rates are staggering low,19% for men and a a mere 9% for women: the state gives preference to boys education.

I strongly believe in the value of the individual, that no one should face oppression or discrimination, that everyone has the right to be in control of their own life. I want to reach out those who have been denied that right, as one human to another, to support them to make positive change for themselves and their communities.

I’m going to be organising a load of fundraising events in my local area as preparation towards this, but I also have a Just Giving page and any donation would be much appreciated (no matter how small). It is worth noting that the money I raise is in no way a contribution to the cost of my volunteering, it simply helps to keep the charity doing what they do.

Thank you for your time and support.



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