Invaluable experience at Aids home

PUBLISHED: 16:59 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

MEMBERS of the Melbourn-based Revelations Youth Group are currently working in Namibia with young Aids orphans. The youth group, which is run by Melbourn Baptist Church, raised £600 to help the orphans after organising a car cleaning fund-raising event.

MEMBERS of the Melbourn-based Revelations Youth Group are currently working in Namibia with young Aids orphans.

The youth group, which is run by Melbourn Baptist Church, raised £600 to help the orphans after organising a car cleaning fund-raising event.

Naomi Dixon, of Royston, and Ania Holcombe and Sara Dunn, both of Melbourn, will be spending up to three weeks working in The Ark orphanages in Rehoboth, Keetmansoop and Okhandja and will present the money that was raised to the children.

Fourteen-year-old Ania, a student at Melbourn Village College, is spending two weeks there as part of her Year 10 work placement.

Anna Ghale, head of Year 10, said: "It's a marvellous opportunity for Ania, in which she will develop her own world experience.

"Hopefully, she will come back with a good understanding and pass that on to the other students."

Ania said: "I feel really privileged to be able to spend my school work experience in Namibia because we can help make a real difference."

Sara said: "It's fantastic to know that we can make such a difference to the lives of people thousands of miles away. I am really excited about visiting the orphanages in person."

The students and young people at Melbourn Baptist Church committed to the project 18 months ago and have been raising money ever since.

Naomi said: "These children have lost their families and it will be fantastic to be able to help them a little by giving our time and the money we have raised."

Revelations youth worker Martin Smith said: "The young people have worked incredibly hard and we are all proud of them."

- The Ark is operated by Aids charity Christ's Hope International.

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