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Witham: Student spends summer helping at Guatemala school
11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A student raised more than £2,000 to help revamp a poverty stricken school in Guatemala.
Former Maltings Academy pupil Hannah Bostock, went on the three week trip this summer after finishing at the sixth form in July.
The 19-year-old, of Heybridge, worked in an Education for Life Centre which is for four to 14-year-old pupils.
The money she had raised helped to fix broken and dangerous play equipment, paint a mural on the surrounding wall and bring clean and safer water to the town more easily.
The 70 children at the school and their parents also had a day trip to the zoo with lunch from Hannah’s funds.
She said: “It was really emotional, but so rewarding.
“The children and parents had a party for us when we had finished the work and the teachers were hugging us and crying, thanking us for what we had done.
“I would encourage everyone to take opportunities to help people, no matter how daunting it seems.
“I used my faith to get me through, even though some of what we saw was heartbreaking.
“I wanted to bring them all home to look after them, but instead what I could do was to give them hugs, help them with their homework and make them laugh.
“You don’t need to go abroad to help someone, you could help your neighbour as it’s so rewarding.”
She is now studying criminology and sociology at the University of Surrey but returned to Maltings Academy to give talks about her trip.
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