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Uni student prepares for African project

Alice MacAsKill.

Alice MacAsKill.

A university student is appealing for help for a project in Africa next year.

Alice MacAskill, from Bedford who is studying at the University of Bath, is travelling to Tanzania in June to work on a construction project in a local school.

Alice said: “The charity my team is working with, Childreach International, works in the UK, India, Bangladesh, Morocco, Tanzania and Nepal aiming to improve education, rights and protection, and health facilities.

“The charity focuses on long-term, sustainable solutions to the problems in these countries rather than simply offering short term aid to a proportionately small number of people.

“For example, after a hurricane struck last year, a school was renovated and part of it was transformed into a health centre. Some of the students at the school were trained in first aid and will now go on to attend monthly meetings where they can pass on their knowledge, broadening the impact of the charity’s initial work.”

The project is called ‘The Big Build 2014’ and focuses on developing some much-needed facilities in a local school.

Alice will be among a group of 20 from her uni who will be spending two weeks in the Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania where they will learn more about the local culture and work to make a real change to the children’s lives.

She needs to raise £2,100 to help fund the trip and is asking people in her home town if they can help. More information can be found at www.childreach.org.uk/big-builds/big-build-tanzania.

 

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