This summer I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to visit Namibia along with 9 other young people and 5 leaders. Our visit was focused around the rural north of the country, an area which has strong ties to the Diocese of Manchester. However, before the trip could even take place we had to raise money to both fund the costs of travel and to help support the projects we hoped to undertake. In total, we raised £40,000 through events ranging from concerts to sponsored abseils. Also, in school, over £1,100 was raised, mainly through a sponsored climb of Mount Everest on the school climbing wall and a sponsored walk to school.
When in Namibia this money enabled us to carry out a huge variety of projects. Firstly, it helped to fund the construction of a dormitory building at a rural school to allow children who live huge distances away to continue attending throughout the long wet season (when otherwise they would simply be unable to). Furthermore, we were able to provide resources for and teach in schools and kindergartens (this included teaching Tag Rugby to the older students in the schools) whilst we also painted and decorated kindergarten buildings. The trip was a fantastic experience, allowing us to meet some inspirational people and come away with memories which will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
Community Coordinator: Heather Tunstall