Sisters selected for Rwandan mission
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.