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North Walsham student aims to help Sri Lankan communities

Just Regional
Dec 14, 2016 3 mins read

North Walsham student Lizzie Jellings is heading off on an adventure in the new year, to help underprivileged communities in Sri Lanka.
The former Paston College student, who is now in her second year at Nottingham Trent University studying education studies and psychology, will be spending five weeks teaching English to children Travelteer impact charity.
“This charity empowers under developed communities in Sri Lanka to provide long-term support for the advancement of education and well being,” she said. “The importance of this is that two of Sri Lanka’s main sources of income are generated from tourism or remittance, both of which require the ability to speak English. Therefore, this programme provides local communities the tools they need to help the country to grow its economy.”
She will be working with schools which vary in size from 60 to 400 pupils, with children from the age of six to 18 years old. This programme operates in school and also through after school programmes.
She added: “I will also be taking part in marine and wildlife conservation programme while out there, where I will be working in the turtle hatchery, doing river and beach clean ups and helping to regenerate key areas of the Kottowa rainforest.”
The first four weeks will be spent in the schools, the last with the conservation programme.
“During this time I will fully immerse myself into the culture and lifestyle of the local communities,” said Lizzie.
The aim of the teaching is to unlock potential of underprivileged children in rural communities; to rehabilitate and regenerate local environments; to protect and re-populate wildlife; and to help develop sustainability of projects.
“I have always wanted to do something like this, where I will be making a difference and helping others,” said Lizzie. After looking into it, I feel that Travelteer is the best for providing support for local communities in Sri Lanka. Their their first concern as for those that they will be helping, a philosophy that I feel strongly for.”
Lizzie is aiming to raise money for the charity before she leaves on January 8.
“My aim is to raise £700. All the money raised will go directly to the charity. Please give whatever you can, any donation that you are able to give will go a long way.”
The money fundraised will go towards purchasing school equipment, improving school facilities, helping to increase the scope of the turtle hatchery, provide recourses for regenerating the Kottowa rainforest and the coral regeneration programme.

If you would like to support to this charity, you can do so through Lizzie’s Just Giving page  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lizzie-Jellings.

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