A CASTLECONNELL girl is ready to head up, up and away to India with Suas this summer.
Rachel Kelly is to spend ten weeks working as a volunteer teaching assistant with Suas Educational Development.
“I wanted to get involved with Suas so that I can help make a difference in the lives of children living in Calcutta and also have a great time doing something really worthwhile,” said Rachel.
The Suas Volunteer Programme, set up in 2002 by a group of students from Trinity College, offers young people an opportunity to work as teaching assistants in schools that serve marginalised communities in India.
Through the thorough training provided by Suas, the volunteers also have the valuable opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills, such as teamwork, leadership and planning.
Before Rachel sets off on this exciting placement, she must first raise €3,000. Although she hopes to raise even more to support the school that she will be working with.
“I am extremely looking forward to the challenge of living and working in Kolkata this summer and am sure that everyone in Limerick will be really supportive in helping me meet the fundraising requirement,” said Rachel.
She has a number of fundraising plans in the pipeline and you can also support her by donating on-line at www.mycharity.ie/event/rachel-kelly-suas
“The funds raised will provide me with the opportunity to improve the education of hundreds of children living in Kolkata,” said Rachel.