University student Louisa Hinns is off to Uganda in July, to spend a couple of weeks sourcing and distributing school uniforms, equipment and vaccinations to children affected by HIV and unable to afford the essentials to attend school.
Undaunted by the prospect of her trip Louisa said: “This will be the first time I’ll have been anywhere on my own, and my first visit to Africa. My Mum told me to go ahead and book it before I could think of a reason not to go!”
Louisa graduates in Early Childhood and Education Studies on 18 July from University of West England, just two days after she returns from Uganda. Next year she is hoping to qualify as a primary school teacher and is looking for an experience to help her combine her interests in education and travel.
“I think this trip will be an introduction for me to this type of work. I can anticipate that it will be a very emotional journey, with so many children affected by AIDS, perhaps having lost both parents to the disease.”
While she is away Louisa will also be providing some basic home-schooling, and will be raising awareness about children’s rights.
Louisa is hoping to raise £1200 to bulk buy uniforms, and so far has raised £400. She will be hosting a curry night at the Bombay Lounge on 19 June. If you can help raise money in any way, please get in touch with Louisa on 07590 276045.