In July 2017, I'm undertaking what will be the hardest yet hopefully most fulfilling journey of my life - a youth and sports development volunteer project to assist children in rural Fiji, which supports a small and local Leeds charity - Think Pacific Foundation (1162190).
TP are a great charity who work in remote villages, where over one third of children grow up in poverty and where 200 schools were damaged during Cyclone Winston in February 2016.
During the month I spend there, I will experience and live under extremely tough and challenging conditions, hoping to experience Fijian life in a way that many don't see. It won't be so pretty, but I know that the people and the culture are going to blow my mind!
I'll be immersing myself in the local culture - living on the floor in a family's Fijian hut, showering with a bucket and working 7am-7pm hour days! Including one-on-one and class tuition, all extra curricular activities such as sports and arts, and helping the community through infrastructure development and plenty of other projects that I will find out about along the way, and will update you on!
I think that one of many reason that has inspired me towards this particular project, is how lucky I have been to receive such an incredible education, and how many opportunities I have had from such a small age which are so cruelly unavailable in areas of low economic growth, and that have a poverty line that many of us will never see in our lives. The kids out there have very little chance to write their own paths in life, and I think it's so sad. I loved my time at school, and I want to make a difference to the kids out there that don't know how to play sports in teams, or read so clearly, or have those special teachers that change the course of your life. I want them to love school as much as I did.
I am extremely grateful for any size donations, and it will be a huge help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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