Human Appeal volunteers travel to Senegal to “follow journey of a donation”
Six Human Appeal volunteers from the UK have left their comfortable lives and travelled to Senegal for a week to follow the journey of a donation.
The team of volunteers are taking part in the charity’s first Volunteer Abroad Programme. The team, comprised of students and recent graduates, were asked to create a plan of what they aim to achieve upon arriving in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, and then execute their plans.
In the space of four days, they've rebuilt four schools, refurbished a medical room and a dental room, began digging the first part of a well and started work on the first stages of a new boat.
“They’re doing a fantastic job and done an incredible amount of work in the short space of time they've been here,” says Bashir Mahyub, a Human Appeal fundraiser who’s accompanying them. “They’re making us very proud and representing the charity in an excellent and professional way.”
The volunteers have also helped refurbish four classrooms within Human Appeal’s Senegal office, which is attended by 500 people ever day, who need medical consultations.
Human Appeal has a growing presence in Senegal, which has rapidly been expanding over the past two years. Working on education, health, livelihood projects and, perhaps most notably, helping children living rough on the streets in Dakar and finding them sanctuary at the Empire of the Children centre (a place dedicated to providing education, food, medical care and psychological support.)