Face to face with Charity
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