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Next May I have the fortunate opportunity of heading to Ghana in West Africa, where I will be volunteering in a children’s care centre. I will be helping out amongst the centre’s local staff. As they always have their hands full with increasing number of children that attend the centre, volunteers are greatly appreciated as they take some responsibility and stress off the staff who work there full time.
The children need constant care and attention as well being taught new skills or languages. The care centre has limited resources and limited staff with averages of 40 children in each class. I hope by volunteering I can make a difference in the children’s daily life whilst I am there, by playing with them and sharing one-to-one time which most children lack outside of the centre.
I will be staying in a small fishing village for two weeks called Busua. Many children are deprived of things most other children may take for advantage, some children are deprived of education, freedom and are raised to help their family out with their business, such as working long days on a fishing boat or selling food on the beach. The care centre allows these children to have a childhood, make friends, play and learn. Learning allows the children to build massive amounts of confidence as they speak with visitors and volunteers from all over the world.
I will be taking some small supplies to donate to the centre on behalf of Pali Ltd and I am also hoping to raise as much money as possible to fund this trip and donate. The money I raise will allow the centre to order more supplies such as stationary, toys, musical equipment, books and learning resources. As well as increase their staff numbers to allow more children to attend, this will help get children off the street and enter the doorway into education.
A little donation from you could make a HUGE difference to a lot of young children and supplies will be used for generations of future children who will attend.
I will be there seeing how much your donation will make a difference, seeing the centre myself enables me to see how the donations are being put to good use exactly where it’s needed, rather than just sending money to a charity and not seeing the difference. Doing something meaningful with my travels is going to be eye opening yet rewarding. By donating whatever you can, anything helps these children who have so much love, energy and talent to share!
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