Friday 25th February 2011
CREWE'S Becky Hurst has recently returned from an inspiring mission to Cambodia.
She went on the trip to discover how Christian Aid partners are bringing hope, dignity and significant changes to the poverty-stricken country.
North West regional co-ordinator for the charity, Becky made the 10-day trip with four members of staff and 19 gap year students from across the UK.
Becky said: “It was an amazing trip.
"Over two weeks in Cambodia we visited 10 partner organisations working across the country, each one making significant improvements with simple, often low-cost ideas.”
Two thirds of the population of Cambodia live on less than $2 a day and more than 70% of people live at subsistence level in rural areas.
It is a country where it is not uncommon for children to work on the streets and women and young girls in border areas avoid going out alone for fear of being trafficked.
The team visited numerous organisations with various focuses including crop yields, animal husbandry, working with street children and children affected by HIV, schooling them and guiding them back in vocational training.
Christian Aid works globally for profound change to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.
The charity delivers urgent, practical and effective assistance where it is needed most, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Becky added: “Things will not change overnight in Cambodia but from a fleeting visit it was clear to see that steps are being taken in the right direction.”