Having enjoyed my work with social and community based project Bude for Food so much last week, I have some big plans for events unfolding in 2015, as do the committee for the event.
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Cornwall annually for its breathtaking beaches, stunning sunsets, and a pace of life that is unmistakably relaxed. Whilst our tin mines now sit redundant; creating striking images against the backdrop of the sea, many forget the horrifying past of the hazardous conditions workers, who were often children, had to work in.
In Cornwall, poverty is still an issue, and festivals such as Bude for Food help to pull together communities to create training and employment opportunities for the people living in the area. Having been a teacher in Cornwall, I am aware of the ways in which some families are disadvantaged and have ideas about how best to support them. 2015 will see some exciting events in Falmouth.
Social workers in Cornwall work tirelessly to provide support to and empower some such families, often working well over the required hours and having had to face cuts and salary freezing over the last few years. Two social workers from Cornwall are planning to use their holiday to visit Ghana, West Afriaca, and deliver vital support to children subject to trafficking.
Whilst many children are still being exposed to the dangers of mining labour, from the age of 6 above ground and 12 below, this is happening overseas and so we are often unaware of it. Girls as young as 10 are sold into prostitution, where they are often subject to vengeful sexual violence and regular beating. They then have to endure a lifelong social stigma when they are outcast once they reach maturity.
Sadly, social work is not something that is commonly practised with individuals who appear to be physically fit, but these children are in urgent need of psychological support and social work input. Lisa and Karen plan to visit Ghana in February 2015; joining Projects Abroad to volunteer for 3 weeks. Using their skills as social workers, they will help enhance the limited support available to these children and their local communities. Intending to contribute significant savings of their own, advisors from the organisation suggested raising some funds through pledges.
The women’s time will be spent supporting children to increase literacy and numeracy; many do not complete schooling and are therefore illiterate. Their work will also promote early childhood development; improve hygiene levels; and increase emotional support and care to the children. Lisa said, “I know we can make a small difference; the continued aid work contributed to children like those in Ghana will change their lives. We’re grateful for any donations to raise support for this cause.”
I have contributed a donation but being a young company, I am offering to share my skills and time to help promote the campaign on the ladies’ behalf. I will write and issue a free press release for any companies wishing to donate to this essential aid work and help Lisa and Karen along the way. Any additional funds raised will allow the women to take extra resources, leaving a legacy to promote independence and freedom from slavery.
To make a donation to this cause and get your free press release, please visit http://www.myprojectsabroad.org/fundraising/WQDqZm or http://www.myprojectsabroad.org/fundraising/4yEgl4 and contact email@example.com