Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for friend in Myan­mar

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Des­tiny Pereka was 10 when she had a pa­per run for four years and spon­sored a girl of the same age in Myan­mar.

Both girls are now aged 16, and at the end of Septem­ber the two teens will meet when Des­tiny vis­its Myan­mar. Des­tiny cleaned houses and gath­ered fire­wood to raise funds for her trip.

She will travel first to Cam­bo­dia with her mum Ka­t­rina be­fore they travel to Myan­mar to meet her spon­sored friend.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised by World Vi­sion and the Pereka wha¯ nau also has a teacher friend liv­ing in Myan­mar.

“I be­lieve there are a lot of things in this world that need to change,” said Des­tiny, a student at Tu Toa high per­for­mance sports school. “I like peo­ple; I want to make a dif­fer­ence. That is my calling.”

In Cam­bo­dia Des­tiny and Ka­t­rina will be work­ing at The Grace Cen­tre home for aban­doned chil­dren where they will build a shower/toi­let block.

“When we get there, we will paint and

I like peo­ple; I want to make a dif­fer­ence. That is my calling.’

open th­ese new fa­cil­i­ties. We will also paint a Ki­wiana mu­ral for Child Res­cue and teach the chil­dren games and wa­iata,” says Ka­t­rina.

Child Res­cue helps chil­dren from sex traf­fick­ing and sex ex­ploita­tion. The chil­dren were promised safe jobs in the city to help pro­vide for im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies but in­stead they are forced into brothel work.

Since 2011 Child Res­cue has res­cued more than 2500 chil­dren.

Af­ter rein­te­gra­tion the girls re­ceive fol­lowup care for two years.

The team of eight youths and two adults have been rais­ing money for the trip. If you can help and have a job for the team, con­tact Ka­t­rina on 0273545807, or Tu Toa on 356-5898.

Teenager Des­tiny Pereka says her calling is to make a dif­fer­ence.

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