Eleanor Margetts, 21, from Heol Castell Coety in Litchard, Bridgend, is half way through a one month visit with CAFOD partners in Sierra Leone experiencing first-hand the opportunities and challenges faced by families recovering from the effects of the civil war.
Before she left Eleanor said, “I am incredibly excited to go to Sierra Leone; it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where I will get to experience a completely different culture. I know a lot about CAFOD’s work in England and Wales and I am looking forward to seeing the difference this makes to many people’s lives in Africa. I hope that it will help me to inspire others to get involved when I return.”
Eleanor, who attends mass at St Mary’s in Bridgend is currently taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ programme which helps young adults gain an understanding of international development, and as part of which a month is spent overseas. Eleanor, a former pupil of Archbishop McGrath School is based at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove, and helps her fellow young people explore issues of global justice.
Sierra Leone is the focus country for this year’s CAFOD Family Fast Day and Eleanor is keen to share her experiences of her time there with local primary and secondary schools when she returns to Bridgend in February. CAFOD believes that global education is an important part of working towards a fairer world. Trips like Eleanor’s help children to understand more about our global neighbours.
You can follow Eleanor’s progress in Sierra Leone on twitter, through her video diary or read about it on the CAFOD blog, blog.cafod.org.uk and on Facebook facebook.com/cafodGreatGeneration.