Mercy mission aid worker hoping to inspire others to help Rwanda after volunteering

PROUD: Jon Andrews and some of the African children he helped

PROUD: Jon Andrews and some of the African children he helped

First published in News

A 21-YEAR-OLD from Three Legged Cross has been inspired to encourage others to take-up volunteering work after completing a 10-week project in Rwanda.

Jon Andrews visited the poverty-stricken African nation as part of the International Citizens’ Service (ICS) Tearfund programme.

During his trip he taught disadvantaged youngsters in schools, volunteered at a co-operative farm and helped rebuild a house which had burnt down in a fire.

He told The Echo: “I wanted to volunteer because I wanted to experience a completely different culture in a different country, whilst contributing positively to the communities out there.

“Whilst in Rwanda, I witnessed poverty in various forms, yet there seemed to be a real sense of community in helping each other out.

“It has made me realise the importance of supporting communities in poverty-stricken areas of the world.”

The government funded project brings together 18-25 year-olds to volunteer at projects around the world.

Mr Andrews hopes by sharing his experience he will inspire others to take-up volunteer work in disadvantaged countries.

To find out more about the ICS Tearfund programme go to volunteerics.org

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12:36pm Wed 28 May 14

pete woodley says...

Are so many employed in Rwanda that they cant ,find time to work on their own projects,
Are so many employed in Rwanda that they cant ,find time to work on their own projects, pete woodley
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