Teen heads to Kenya on charity mission
7:10am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in NW
A 19-YEAR-OLD will be improving the lives of some of Nairobi’s most impoverished families and children as part of a charity mission.
Hannah Waterfield, of Warrington Road, Glazebury, will be flying to Kenya in February to work in the Kibera slums.
She will be teaching lessons at St Lazarus school and helping with a refurbishment project, which will provide solar power and extra classrooms for 120 pupils.
Hannah said: “We aim to visit the homes of the children, where possible, to understand the culture and the community that they live in. I am fully aware that I’ll be an emotional wreck by the time it comes to leaving the community, having spent so much time with them over 12 days. However, I think every bit of this challenge will be rewarding.”
Hannah’s opportunity came about as part of her three-year apprenticeship with BT, where she is working as a service technician alongside her studies.
BT’s Challenge Kenya 2014 will also see the former Priestley College student climb Mount Kenya, the country’s highest peak at 17,057ft.
Hannah added: “I think I will be physically drained after the building work and trekking up to the summit of Mount Kenya without a day’s rest.
“I know lots of things about this experience will be tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge and I will be proud to say I’ve done it.”
Hannah also has to raise £3,500 in sponsorship and is asking Journal readers for their support.
She said: “I am really looking forward to not only giving help to the people of the Kibera Slums, but also to gaining many new skills and a better outlook on life on what is really important and how fortunate I really am.”
- To donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/fund raisers/hannahwaterfield1.
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