Abbey spreads words of hope
UNIVERSITY of WA anthropology student Abbey Mardon recently returned from her week in East Timor with World Vision.
After taking part in the 40 Hour Famine last year, Abbey was determined to continue learning from the organisation and decided to become a youth ambassador after representatives from World Vision visited her school.
She was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to represent WA as a World Vision Youth Ambassador.
As a Youth Ambassador, she will share her experiences from East Timor with other young people when she visits schools this year.
Abbey said she had the chance to see firsthand the difference that World Vision’s development projects made to communities in East Timor.
“I just couldn’t believe how effective the programs were,” Abbey said.
“They are communityfocused and sustainable, so when we leave, the programs continue. It’s easy to look at poverty and think it’s too hard, but just a little bit can make such a huge change.”
Abbey said she noticed that religion was very important in the communities she visited, but some people were too ashamed to go to church because their clothes weren’t nice enough.
“That’s how isolating poverty can be,” she said.
40 Hour Famine runs from August 14 to 16 and is celebrating 40 years since it started in 1975.
Former PLC student and Wembley resident Abbey in East Timor.