A Winfarthing volunteer says she has fulfilled a dream by helping disabled children in a poverty-stricken region of Africa.
Emma Hamilton, 55, who works for Carers Trust Norfolk in their Attleborough base, spent two weeks in Rukungiri, Uganda in November, helping to construct two purpose-built classrooms to enable children with wheelchairs have access to suitable classroom facilities.
Miss Hamilton spent 11 months raising £3,500 to fund her trip.
“Having a disability in Uganda is a serious disadvantage as the person is often classed as ‘without use’,” she said.
“My two weeks there was action packed, doing building work in the mornings, and visiting other projects too, like Chilli Children, which helps orphaned and disabled children in South West Uganda have access to surgery, rehabilitation, medical clinics, education, and seeing how the children earn an income by growing chilli.
“We also visited the Mission4Water team, dedicated to providing running water.
It was absolutely amazing, something I have long wanted to doEmma Hamilton
“It was a humbling experience and I will cherish these memories for ever. I will always remember their happiness, bright smiles and kindness, despite the many adversities they endure.
“It was absolutely amazing, something I have long wanted to do.”
Mission Direct sends volunteers overseas for fortnightly trips to work in 13 locations across the world.
Last year, the charity helped provide new classrooms for 320 children, rehoused 18 families, trained 60 teachers and 140 medics, built a rescue centre for 30 girls escaping life on the streets and more.
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