Face to face with Char­ity

Wishaw Press - - MALAWI - Ben Ra­m­age

A Wishaw woman who has spon­sored an African girl’s ed­u­ca­tion for seven years met her on a “life-chang­ing” trip to Malawi.

Angela Cruik­shank, a re­tired so­cial worker, has sup­ported Char­ity since she was seven.

And re­cently she took a 35-hour trip to the vil­lage of Kagezi to meet the child she has helped go to school.

Be­fore Angela left for Africa she asked peo­ple for do­na­tions to take over for other chil­dren.

She was over­whelmed with the amount of gifts peo­ple from Wishaw do­nated.

Angela said: “The peo­ple of Wishaw gave me so much to take over it was breath­tak­ing.

“I had 60kg of lug­gage and I think about 50kg of that was do­na­tions. There were baby clothes, blan­kets, nap­pies, foot­balls, net­balls and jot­ters from teach­ers.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one for their gen­eros­ity. I can’t put into words the joy that I saw on the chil­drens’ faces.

“Some of the kids have ab­so­lutely noth­ing. When they saw things like bal­loons and balls for the first time their re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble.”

Angela, 59, said the trip opened her eyes to the poverty some chil­dren face.

“The poverty was ab­so­lutely over­whelm­ing,” she said. “There were no roads at all. “It was an hour and a half to get to the vil­lage and I can’t be­lieve we even made it there.

“When we did it was hon­estly quite shock­ing. By our so­ci­ety’s stan­dards it was so poor.

“The peo­ple were so wel­com­ing though. When I met Char­ity the whole vil­lage had come out to see me. It was in­cred­i­ble and a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Some­times peo­ple don’t donate to a char­ity be­cause they don’t think they will make a dif­fer­ence.

“But this has proven to me that do­ing things like spon­sor­ing a child’s ed­u­ca­tion makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“As we come up to Christ­mas I hope that I can in­spire just one other per­son to help.”

Africa ad­ven­ture Angela Cruik­shank

Trip of a life­time Angela in Malawi

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