Former Spalding High School student Lachan Read is climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks to support a project that tackles poverty in Burkina Faso, where she will be volunteering for ten weeks.
Lachan (22) will travel out to Burkina Faso next month with development organisation International Service, as part of the UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
She will work in partnership with Burkinabe volunteers to help lift some of the world’s poorest communities out of poverty.
The project which she will work on aims to do this by empowering women, children, young people and disabled people to access their rights.
She will also be living with a local host family, to fully immerse herself in the local community and gain a better understanding of the challenges they face.
Lachan, who grew up in Weston Hills, needs to raise £800 for International Service before her trip.
Along with a group of six friends, she is aiming to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Sunday, April 1, in less than 12 hours. The money Lachan raises will help to make sure that communities in developing countries continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers.
Lachan said: “I’m extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to work abroad, helping those who have not been given the same opportunities in life which I have had.
“I am very passionate about human rights, particularly the rights of people with disabilities. Therefore, I am keen to get out there and understand first-hand what life is like for people with disabilities in a part of the world which I have never visited, whilst advocating for and raising awareness about their rights.
“I hope that the work that we do will be able to change the stigma associated with people with disabilities in a developing part of the world. I also can’t wait to meet my host family and the Burkinabe volunteers, and to learn about the culture in Burkina Faso. I can’t wait to get involved.”
ICS allows young people aged 18 to 25 to make a contribution to sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
To sponsor Lachan visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lachanread or text LRBF99 £5 to 70070 (you can also text £1, £2, £3, £4 or £10 instead of £5).
On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home’ project, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities. More than 13,000 young people from the UK have taken part in the scheme since 2011.
To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.volunteerics.org