Africa project is just the business for Adam
Volunteer work will tackle poverty in Uganda
An ambitious young Castlemilk man is making the pilgrimage to Uganda to help tackle poverty by supporting local businesses.
Adam McDonald (20), who recently completed a twoyear HND business course at Langside College, jets off to the east African republic on October 2.
He will use the skills he learned during his studies to contribute to projects that support local enterprises.
During the 10- week development programme Adam will team up with Ugandan volunteers to support entrepreneurs and small businesses after securing a place as an International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteer on the UK government-funded scheme.
ICS Entrepreneur enables young people aged 18-25 with an aptitude for business or a specific skill to contribute to projects in countries such as Ghana, Uganda and Zambia.
Volunteers from the UK and host countries share their skills and experience with small businesses and entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest communities to improve their profitability and help boost the local economy.
Volunteers also develop their professional skills to enhance their employability over the long term. On their return to the UK, ICS Entrepreneur volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their skills also benefit their local communities.
Former Castlemilk High School pupil Adam is halfway to achieving his fund-raising target of £800 after holding car boot sales and setting up a Just Giving account.
His mum and step- dad, Linda and Craig Gallacher, embarked on a marathon cycle from Edinburgh last weekend to boost Adam’s fund-raising total.
Said Adam, of Viewglen Court: “The trip appealed to me because it sounded like a really good opportunity. I have long held an interest in helping others in Third World countries, and it will be a great experience for me as well to use my business qualifications.”
Adam will be assigned a ‘host home’ in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
“I have travelled abroad before, but just on holiday – nothing like this. It will be all new to me - a big adventure,” said Adam, who has had to have five vaccinations in preparation for his trip.
“I am quite excited. I think it will be really good for me. Not a lot of people could say they have a chance to experience something like this.
“I’ll be using my marketing, finance and business skills gained from completing my HND in Business to work with local businesses in Uganda aimed at helping them to develop and grow their businesses.
“This is a unique opportunity to work alongside businesses who have requested help from young volunteers to make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there and help fight poverty through business.”
To sponsor Adam visit https://www.justgiving.com/ Adam- Mcdonald4/? utm_ id=37
Helping out Adam McDonald from Castlemilk is heading off to Uganda