A TEENAGER is set to spend 10 weeks overseas helping to provide sanitisation for impoverished people.
Hartlepool girl Faye Donnison, 18, will travel to India next month as part of a scheme run by Raleigh International in conjunction with the International Citizenship Service.
The former Manor College of Technology and Hartlepool Sixth Form College student said: “I will be promoting hygiene and sanitisation in the community to try and help lower the chance of people getting disease.” Faye, who is studying psychology at York University, will also be helping to build toilets and promoting the Tippy Tap, a simple hands-free device for washing hands that is appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water.
It is operated by a foot lever, so reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap.
Faye, whose parents are Diane and Kevin, and who has a twin brother Aaron and a sister called Natalie, 25, will travel to India on June 26 and be placed in an as-yet unnamed base camp.
She and six or seven other English volunteers will be placed with Indian volunteers to work on the scheme.
Faye, who applied for the scheme after a previous volunteer gave a talk at her university, has been busy fundraising for the trip, which is Government-funded.
Anything she raises will go towards helping with sanitisation on the scheme and she needs to raise at least £800 by May 30.
“The more money I raise, the better for the community,” she said.
“I’m really excited – I think it will develop me as a person, being able to see how people live and how much people take things for granted.”
She arranged a fundraising coffee morning at her mum’s Fens home on Saturday, which raised £235 from a raffle and cake sale and was attended by about a dozen friends, family and neighbours.
Faye’s mum has also boosted funds by raising £117 from a car boot sale.
Faye, who used to volunteer with town-based talent-nurturing group Red Dreams and also helped out during a midnight walk for Cancer Research UK in York, is also considering organising a cake sale at university to help boost funds.
She thanked all who have donated so far, including her family and friends, and Barclaycard, where her sister works.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/faye-donnison1 or text FAYD55 and the amount in £ to 70070.