Changing the Lives of Children

Dear Family and Friends,


I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education/Human Development and Family Studies program at the University of Rhode Island. I have always been passionate that all children should be cared for in a nurturing environment and that their education and well-being, starting at an early age, is crucial to their development. 


It has always been my dream to go to South Africa and volunteer with young children hoping to make a difference in their lives. Having been brought up in less fortunate family situations or homes, such as losing their parents due to crime, alcohol, drugs abuse and HIV/Aids, these children have never been fortunate enough to acquire proper care and love that I have been lucky enough to receive all my life.  It would mean so much to me to give them the love and care they deserve.


Through the program International Volunteer HQ, I have been given the opportunity to go to Vrygrond Community in Cape Town, South Africa for two weeks this upcoming June. I have chosen to work in the child care program which consists of caring for children, providing education and designing activities for the children and helping with general duties of the centre, such as teaching, feeding, cooking, and caring for children and babies. 


Where many volunteer programs can be extremely costly, this program is affordable enough that I feel comfortable asking for donations to help me fund the cost of the trip. I have set a goal of $3,000 and with my continued work study and your help, I know I will be able to fulfill my dream and take part in this rewarding experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.


If you would like more details on the International Volunteer HQ organization, please visit their website Thank you so very much for any contribution you can give.

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Marlee Nathan 
Melville, NY
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