Hartlepool teen Emma is off to Africa

Emma Hanson will spend three months in Tanzania.
Emma Hanson will spend three months in Tanzania.

A teenager is heading to Tanzania to help the country tap into a better future.

Emma Hanson will spend three months in the African country as part of a project run by Raleigh ICS.

My mam is extremely proud and is really rooting for me.

Emma Hanson

After flying out in September, she will join a team of five other Brits and six locals to create water sanitation schemes and other efforts to improve the lives of its people.

The 17-year-old, from Richmond Street in Hartlepool, has launched an appeal to raise £800 to back her efforts, with the cash to be invested into the community she will work in.

Emma has just completed an extended diploma in health and social care at Hartlepool Sixth Form College and plans to go and study paediatric nursing at university after a year out.

She said: “I took part in the National Citizen Service in 2013 and I liked it on Facebook and saw this on there.

“I’m excited about it and I think it’ll be a really good experience.

“My mam is extremely proud and is really rooting for me.”

Emma, who lives with mum Sharon, dad Stephen and twin brother Simon, has sent her thanks to Dixy Chicken, which is holding open the job it has offered her while she completes her placement.

ICS visits villages to deliver awareness-raising sessions on general hygiene, invests in ways to bring in clean water, build toilets and train people about maintaining and repairing them.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Emma can donate her online page, www.justgiving.com/emma-hanson4/, with more details about ICS available via http://www.volunteerics.org/raleigh-ics.