Volunteer Claire helps Burkino’s disabled

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A VOLUNTEER who spent three months helping disabled people in Burkino Faso said the experience was ‘life changing’.

Claire Griffiths, 22, from Great Holm, visited the African country as part of the Government’s new International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme giving 18-22 year olds the opportunity to work in a developing country for 10-12 weeks.

Claire’s placement involved enabling disabled people in the country to develop socially and economically.

The disabled in Burkina, particularly children, often face difficulty in education and community participation, a problem Claire helped with by setting up and opening a disabled children’s centre in which children from the local community can learn and interact in a safe environment.

She said: “I had a fantastic time. Having the opportunity to make such a tangible difference was invaluable to me and hopefully to those children and their families.

“I have no doubt that the centre will continue to thrive and that the charity and beneficiaries will enjoy the centre for years to come.”

Claire, who attended Denbigh School and recently completed a degree in Education Studies, now hopes to pursue community work in the UK as part of her commitment to the ICS scheme.

Anyone who would like to take part in a similar project, working in a choice of over 20 countries and making a difference to some of the poorest parts of the world, visit www.dfid.gov.uk/ics for more information.