A kind-hearted teenager is preparing to travel to Ghana to help women and children access better education.
Marie McKenna, 18, from Murton, East Durham, is volunteering in the West African country as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS).
She will spend three months living in a village where she will be working with schools and helping to promote women’s rights.
Speaking about how the opportunity arose, she said: “I saw an article on Facebook about ICS and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do so I applied. I went through an assessment day and was selected to take part.
“You can be sent all over the world, but I was told I was going to Africa which I’m really excited about. I am passionate about helping children and women to get an education and understanding the rights that they have. I’ll be helping to teach English while also giving them a greater understanding of the rights they have.”
As part of her placement, Marie needs to raise £800 ahead of her trip.
She said: “I have to do some fundraising so that ICS knows that I am dedicated to do the work necessary to get there and while I am there.”
The former East Durham College pupil will be holding a fundraising day at Murton Resource Centre, where she also volunteers, on Friday from 9.30am to noon.
She will also be leading a sponsored coastal walk from Seaham to Hawthorn on Saturday,
ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
•To donate to Marie’s fund visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marie-Mckenna4