name is Alycia, I am a 17 year old High School student. I am
preparing a volunteering trip to Ghana in August 2013 to work on a construction
project with a local NGO, Volunteer Corps Organization
) in order to create a building that
will house both a women's empowerment center and a Computer Education center in a rural area.
Women's empowerment is critical for tackling poverty and social
injustice in Africa. The goal
for the women's empowerment center is to create employment specifically for the
disabled and widows through skill acquisition and training. The organization
would also like to focus on counseling for abused and battered women, child
abuse, HIV/Aids, and teen pregnancy.
The purpose of the Computer Education center is to provide students with the real
experience of working on computers rather than learning about them through a
book and drawings on the board. While students in urban school are provided
computers in school, very few students in rural schools have ever even seen a
computer. Providing students access to computers is a key step in bridging the
gap between education in urban and rural schools.
I am raising money towards my trip through tutoring of younger students
at my school and working during the holidays, but I still need help to raise
the sum of €2800, to pay for flights, housing and food, equipment, visa,
vaccinations, etc. If through your support I achieve more than this goal, I
plan to use any surplus towards funding equipment for the ICT center.
I don't expect you just to give me money for nothing though :) In July I will be doing a sponsored kayak
challenge (and those who know me and my level of fitness will vouch that it will
be a challenge, especially as I am a kayak novice!). Coast to coast
Scotland, Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen canal, loch Lochy and Loch Ness - 95 km in just 3 days, for which you are welcome to
You can help in two ways:
1) By sponsoring me
for my kayak challenge through donating on this site. Even €10 can make all the
2) By sharing my project with your network
by email,Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other means you can
Of course, if you see me every day, you can also donate directly to me,
and I will keep a tally of offline donations on this page too.
However you choose to contribute, I thank you in advance - I wouldn't be
able to do this without you!