AN Armagh schoolgirl is set to travel to Africa’s largest slum – home to around 2.5 million people – and she is hosting Zumba classes in an effort to raise much-needed funds for her trip.
17-year-old Chloe Flynn, a pupil of St Catherine’s College in Armagh, will travel with H.U.G (Helping U Grow) 2013 to the Kibera Slum to work in Laini Saba Primary School.
There Chloe will work with children who are living in one of the harshest environments in the world.
Cheap drugs and glue sniffing are an increasing problem in the Kibera Slum. Drugs are initially taken to alleviate boredom but before long people find themselves hooked. This is one of the biggest problems faced by charities.
‘Changaa’ is also another huge problem. This is cheap alcoholic brew and is widely available. At 50 percent alcohol it is very strong and is made incorrectly. At incredibly low prices and high unemployment rates many of the the people in the Kibera Slum start drinking early in the morning leading to problems of violence, crime and rape. Several charities are trying to help eradicate this problem by showing the Changaa makers how to make the drink less dangerous.
These are some of the reasons the Helping U Grow Association reaches out to children in Kenya and Uganda. They aim to inspire their dreams and goals and to help them achieve a more rounded community and a better quality of life.
To be able to take part in this fantastic opportunity, Chloe has to raise £2,000 to cover the costs of flight, accommodation and the eight vaccinations needed.
Chloe’s mother Heather told Armagh I: “We are overwhelmed with the generosity friends, family and local businesses have shown.”
Chloe is hosting Zumba Classes in St Catherine’s College on May 8, 15 and 22. ALL WELCOME. £3 on the door…All proceeds will go towards H.U.G 2013.