Grad­u­ate joins Rwan­dan mercy mis­sion for WJR

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

AN OX­FORD grad­u­ate has taken part in a char­ity trip to Rwanda to help cur­rent or for­mer street chil­dren rein­te­grate into fam­ily life and wider so­ci­ety.

Han­nah Goldie, 22, spent a week in Kay­onza, an east­ern Rwan­dan prov­ince as part of a 10-per­son World Jewish Re­lief mis­sion. She was cho­sen from close on 20 young ap­pli­cants for a place largely fi­nanced by “a gen­er­ous sub­sidy” from the Ansel Har­ris Memo­rial Fund.

The North Lon­doner ex­plained that af­ter grad­u­at­ing in June with a de­gree in pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy and eco­nomics, she de­cided to take a gap year “to gain some ex­pe­ri­ence in in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment. I wanted to see bits of the world that you can’t see go­ing on hol­i­day.”

In Rwanda she vis­ited a school and chil­dren’s cen­tres, help­ing with chores and join­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing ses­sions. Some of the youngsters she met were head of their house­holds.

“They are in­spir­ing chil­dren,” she said. “Most come from re­ally dif­fi­cult back­grounds and have over­come so much.”

Also on the trip was WJR pro- grammes man­ager Cassie Wil­liams, who said the mis­sion had given par­tic­i­pants “a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity.

“The ex­pe­ri­ences were deeply in­tense and hum­bling,” she added. “The group re­ally got to un­der­stand ru­ral African poverty and the need for Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions to help nonJewish peo­ple.

“Each per­son de­vel­oped per­sonal re­la­tion­ships with dif­fer­ent kids, which was ben­e­fi­cial for both sides.”

At the end of her gap year, Ms Goldie will join the Civil Ser­vice, start­ing in the Depart­ment for Chil­dren, Schools and Fam­i­lies.

On mes­sage: Han­nah Goldie’s T-shirt slo­gan re­flects her views on the Rwan­dan aid trip

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