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Leanne Moore from Bourne will be travelling to Nigeria as part of the International Citizen Service programme

A young woman from Bourne is raising money to support a project tackling poverty in Nigeria, where she will be volunteering for three months.

Leanne Moore, 22, will travel to Nigeria in September with international development organisation VSO, as part of the UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

She will work in partnership with young volunteers from Nigeria and the UK to help lift some of the world’s poorest people out of poverty.

Leanne Moore
Leanne Moore

She will also live with a local host family to fully immerse herself into the community and gain a better understanding of the challenges people there face.

Before Leanne leaves for Nigeria, she needs to raise £800 for VSO.

Leanne said: “In August I will be hiking Mount Snowden, Scaffel Pike and Ben Nevis in the National Three Peaks challenge, hopefully completing this within 24 hours. I’m hoping that people will sponsor me through this exciting event and I’m looking forward to setting myself a personal challenge to complete.

“I am also planning various smaller fundraising events alongside this such as a Summer garden party.”

The money Leanne raises will ensure that communities in developing countries continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers.

Leanne said: “I’m really looking forward to travelling to Nigeria and getting involved in my project. I will be volunteering with international and national volunteers on an education project focusing on improving the quality of education and encouraging community members on the importance of education in Nigeria. I’m also really looking forward to fully immersing myself into Nigerian culture and experiencing life like the locals. I think it will be an invaluable cultural experience.”

ICS allows young people aged between 18 and 35 to make a valuable contribution to sustainable development projects in Africa and Asia.

To support Leanne visit her JustGiving page.

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