Africa in their hearts

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - ABBY BROWN

A Mata­mata Col­lege teacher and the deputy head girl are head­ing to a coun­try which is close to their hearts.

‘‘Uganda has been on my heart since I have been a child,’’ Anna Har­ri­son said. The Cana­dian said her dad did a lot of work there. ‘‘I al­ways told my dad I would go with him some­day and then I lost my dad at 15 so it is even more of a mo­ti­va­tor to go there.’’

Anna’s mum would be with her for the first three weeks of their ad­ven­ture. Their trip will be a nice way for them to see what Anna’s dad did, she said.

Deputy head girl, Ash­leigh Leuthard, 17, said Africa has al­ways been in her heart as well.

The topic came up in dis­cus­sion be­tween them, as Anna had al­ready started plan­ning and in­vited Ash­leigh along.

They will be in Uganda from Jan­uary 6 to April 7 work­ing in schools.

They will im­ple­ment a new read­ing pro­gramme and pass skills on to teach­ers. Even though Anna is a NCEA level English teacher, she said it will be a chal­lenge for her. Both Ash­leigh and Anna are start­ing to work with lo­cal teach­ers to pre­pare to teach pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents. They are fundrais­ing so they can present cheques to the schools.

The pub­lic can help Anna and Ash­leigh by do­nat­ing. Funds can be placed into their ac­count; the num­ber is 12-3438-0030910-50.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Anna Har­ri­son, right, a Mata­mata Col­lege teacher and the school’s deputy head girl, Ash­leigh Leuthard are go­ing to Uganda to­gether on a Chris­tian mis­sion.

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