UGANDAN schoolgirls are set to receive a helping hand from a kind-hearted Warwick mum.
Massage therapist Fiona Adams will jet out to Africa this spring where she hopes to help those at a charity-funded school.
Children in Uganda have to pay for an education, which many cannot afford.
The mum-of-three plans to help at a charity-funded school where children can study for free. She will give classes on hygiene and also teach the girls how to make reusable sanitary towels.
Fiona said: “I have travelled to countries with slum areas and street children, and having children myself I wanted to help.
“I couldn’t imagine a life where I wasn’t allowed to go to school, or having no dignity at certain times of the month. Girls miss one week a month as they have nothing to use. There is barely any money for food so sanitary towels are a luxury.
“I think every child should be able to attend school, to have dreams, and education can help poverty.”
Fiona began talking to the founder of the Ruhanga Development School and knew it was a charity she wanted to help.
She said: “I read about a very small charity that had been set up, and what the founder Ann, and Denis – a local who owns the land and built the school – have achieved not just for the children but for the community.
“I spoke to Ann, I knew it was somewhere I wanted to help.
“Although it costs for children to go to school, Ann set up the charity to sponsor a child, which helps towards education, so no child is sent away if they can not afford it. Each child also get porridge for breakfast, which could be the only food they get until they get home.
“We are blessed to live in the UK having money for a roof over our head, and food. These children don’t have the privilege but seem so much happier and grateful than children here often are.”
Fiona hopes to raise money to sponsor children at the school.
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