El Salvador trip fundraising

Shanise Harris is raising funds to travel to El Salvador.
Shanise Harris is raising funds to travel to El Salvador.
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Shanise Harris is raising funds to travel to El Salvador.

Shanise Harris travels to El Salvador next month to work for the development charity Progressio. which works to improve living standards in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Her ten week trip is financed by UK Government funded International Citizen Service (ICS), but Shanise now needs to raise £800 for the charity.

“Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University last summer, I have been looking for a new challenge and the ICS programme is giving me that,” Shanise said.

“El Salvador is a country where many of the population are living in absolute poverty. El Salvador has suffered civil war and natural disasters, and now faces high levels of violence, particularly against women”

“It was one of my top choices, so I am extremely happy to have been placed there.

“This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from ICS to help fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.”

To try to get the money together she’s planning a number of activities which included fundraising at the North West Regional College, and has so far collected £150 which includes donations from friends and family.

You can find out more and make a donation online at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shaniseharris1#

The Progressio ICS projects are designed to meet specific local needs in three broad areas of work; promoting a sustainable environment and improving living standards, supporting people to respond to HIV & AIDS and enabling people to have a say in decisions and policies that affect their lives.

Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), ICS is run by six experienced international volunteering charities (Voluntary Service Overseas, Restless Development, Raleigh International, International Service, Tearfund and Progressio).

It also works in partnership with Catch 22 and Islamic Relief to recruit and support volunteers in the UK, and with the International Federation of the Red Cross to support young people in developing countries to continue their fight against poverty, beyond the ICS programme.

Volunteers receive extensive training and support to achieve the development outcomes of the programme. The ICS programme covers flights, visas, travel and medical insurance, medication and vaccines, food and accommodation.