Young people's mission to help children in Dominican Republic
YOUNG people from Fishponds will be travelling to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip this August.
The group, from Fishponds Baptist Church, opposite the Cross Hands pub, will be helping build two classrooms at a school in Mozovi which will not only enable more children to go to the school but for them to attend for the whole day.
Currently this is not possible as there are too many students and not enough space.
The nine youngsters, aged from seven to 18, will also be taking part in feeding programmes, children’s clubs, a trip to a rehabilitation centre and other activities to help them to understand life in the Dominican Republic.
Church youth leader Rachel Hanford, who will join the group along with three other adults, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for young people of our area to be involved in something special outside of the normal, everyday and to step outside of their comfort zones.
"As part of the trip they will also learn new skills through the building project and will be able to see the progress that they make throughout the two weeks they will be spending there.
"This is not a holiday for these young people - yes it will be in a warm climate, but they are giving up their summer holiday in order to give their time and talents to a community in need. It is a chance for them to experience and learn from another culture whilst making a difference to the lives of the children living Mozovi, the town where the school is situated."
The young people have set up a Just Giving page to help them reach their target of £12,000 so they can carry out their plans.
At the time Fishponds Voice went to print, they had reached just over £1,700.
If you would like to donate to their cause visit Just Giving and search “Fishponds Baptist Church.” Alternatively visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/fishpondsbaptistchurch/dominicanrepublic