Hi Guys

In February I will be part of a group of 5 youth/community workers taking 10 amazing young people (who themselves have faced many difficulties in school/work and housing) with the Cardiff-based SAFE Foundation to Sierra Leone in Africa. We will be working in a primary school with children, many who have been orphaned and affected by poverty and disaster following the Ebola outbreak and devastating landslide disasters.
The school is the heart of the community and a place where children can rehabilitate, find confidence and meaning in their lives. It is not only a sanctuary for education, it is sometimes the only place where the children will receive a meal and drinking water for that day in a safe and caring environment. As part of this group we will be supporting the young people to deliver basic education workshops based around life skills and also highlighting issues such as gender equality, HIV and AIDS awareness and nutritional health. Alongside this we will be offering our support and practical skills to assist with the rebuilding and redecoration of Kankaylay Islamic Primary School.

Some of the young people that we will be taking and supporting on this trip have been faced with issues such as family breakdown, homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and/or have been caught up in the criminal justice system themselves. Ourselves and SAFE work with them to understand the links between their own lives and the lives of others around the world by making them aware of global issues so that they can make positive decisions and bring about changes into their own lives.

The SAFE Foundation are a cardiff-based charity that have UK and global projects and work with these communities to build strong and environmentally sustainable futures for all. Working to end poverty, protect the planet and build healthier, happier futures for everyone.

Over the next few weeks I will be coming up with ideas and organising events to help fundraise the money needed to support this life-changing trip. I would love your support with this project and would appreciate any donation big or small. Even the smallest of donations can help build a community in need.
Thank you so much

Sasha Griffiths