Amy said she wanted to join the tour of schools and orphanages to see what life in a Third World country was like.
‘We donated money that we had raised and helped buy desks, food and supported building a toilet block,’ she said.
‘We did lots of activities with the kids and it was great to see them smile, despite the primitive conditions many of their families lived in. Some people lived on rubbish tips or on floating houses.
‘It has opened my eyes and really led me to respect what I have.’
A grant from the Shire of Mundaring’s Youth Sponsorship Program helped pay for the trip.
The program assists young people aged eight to 18 who live in the shire to cover costs associated with travelling to sporting, arts, cultural, science or environmental events. In the past financial year, 36 young people shared in $6000 in sponsorship.
For more information on the sponsorship program, visit tinyurl.com/pvdy3ut