Sis­ters selected for Rwan­dan mis­sion

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By Sophie Burge

Two Fin­ley sis­ters have been cho­sen as youth am­bas­sadors who will travel to Africa in Jan­uary to pro­vide aid for the people of Rwanda.

Fin­ley High stu­dents Chelsea (Year 10) and Emily Demp­ster (Year 11) are part of a 10-per­son stu­dent group from across the na­tion par­tic­i­pat­ing in the HOPE: Global aid work pro­gram.

The girls, who had to ap­ply for the aid trip, are thrilled to have been selected and are now rais­ing funds to help the Rwan­dan people.

‘‘We’re so ex­cited that both of us were cho­sen so we can work to­gether to raise funds,’’ Chelsea said.

‘‘Al­though we haven’t got any of­fi­cial fundraiser events as yet, we’re hop­ing to work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the Fin­ley High School to raise some­where be­tween $500 and $1000 each.

‘‘The trip will be self-funded, with all money raised go­ing to the Rwan­dan school pro­grams we’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in.’’

The girls will as­sist at a preschool and or­phan­age when in Rwanda. They’ll be in­volved in teacher train­ing, vo­ca­tional train­ing, child ed­u­ca­tion spon­sor­ship and hol­i­day pro­grams for the chil­dren.

In­spired by their par­ents Kathy and Arthur Demp­ster, who have par­tic­i­pated in sim­i­lar aid work in Cam­bo­dia and Uganda, the sib­lings are also look­ing for­ward to shar­ing their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with the lo­cal com­mu­nity once they re­turn.

‘‘We’re in­ter­ested in do­ing more aid work once this ex­pe­di­tion is over and hope­fully host pre­sen­ta­tions at the high school to en­cour­age more people to par­tic­i­pate in aid work,’’ Emily said.

‘‘It’s been 20 years since the Rwan­dan Geno­cide, how­ever 45 per cent of people there still live be­low the poverty line of $2 a day, so we’re so happy we can help.’’

HOPE: Global aims to not only en­gage with poverty and de­vel­op­ment first-hand, but uses aid work­ers’ lead­er­ship to do some­thing mean­ing­ful and im­pact those around them to do the same.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.