Inspiring the young
Sean Devereux, a Salesian missionary and United Nations role model, was murdered in Somalia in 1993 whilst working for UNICEF. An essential part of our work is to develop young people who are articulate, informed and personally engaged ‘advocates’ for the developing world. As a past student of Salesian College Farnborough we understand Sean to be the first ‘advocate’ who has provided the motivation for subsequent students involved in these activities to follow in his footsteps.
Our first ‘Advocate’ Trustee
‘I first visited Zambia in 2012 with Salesian college and have since returned three times. Since leaving the college I have been heavily involved with Share the Light and on my return trips I have been involved with the work that the charity does and the college trips. I love being in Zambia, especially working with the youth in Mazabuka. My experiences in Zambia have had a profound effect on me and have shaped what I want to do in the future.
I am honoured to be the first advocate to become a trustee and I hope this is just the start of my long involvement with Share the Light’
The Impact of Visiting
‘I had the opportunity to visit eight community health assistants who manage and care for a community of 4000 where over 20% have AIDs and HIV related illnesses. This was one of the most humbling experiences of my life to date and I would love at some point to return and offer my support to the medical efforts in the area once I have qualified.’
‘The two weeks I spent in Zambia 16 months ago have had a profound and lasting effect on me, to the extent that I now consider it likely that my future career will revolve around developmental economics. The sense of injustice I felt during my time there has given me a better understanding of my vocation’
Joe recently raised £440 with a sponsored abseil. ‘A few years ago I went to Zambia as a volunteer with Share the Light and have been an advocate ever since. Happy to help raise money for the charity in any way I can and in turn try to raise awareness for a cause I care about’Joe
Abseil – Table Mountain, South Africa
Stepping off the top at 1000 metres above sea level, and Abseiling into mind-blowing vertical space!
The Money Helps
This is Maureen one of the original girls that came to the City of Joy, and the first to reach grade 12 and finish school. In 2015, she started nursing college but the Community could not find the funds needed to support her as she did not receive a full bursary from the government. This resulted in Maureen having to leave college. In 2016 she managed to obtain some sponsorship and the Community agreed to make up the remainder. However, it has proved too great a burden and Share the Light received a request for help. The advocate community, knowing how lucky they are to be able to obtain an education, were dismayed to hear of Maureen’s plight and their fundraising efforts have ensured she can continue her studies and they will support her until she qualifies as a nurse in 2019
‘My Education is very important to me, because it will make my future bright. I would like to build an orphanage, so that I also can help young ones who have no one to help them. I thank you my sponsors for your support and generosity, am grateful for the money you have sent to me to me finish my studies. May God richly bless each one of you. Be assured of my prayers.’
We're sure you’ve been enjoying Sophie’s wonderful articles. Here’s this month’s contribution. Following up on our earliest Advocates and how their lives were shaped by their Zambian experience! http://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/young-advocates-inspired-to-change-the-world.html Throwback to the 2012 trip [...]