Bringing hope to world’s poorest

Megan Bonner is helping to improve the lives of people living in third world conditions. Picture: Elle Borgward d395800
Megan Bonner is helping to improve the lives of people living in third world conditions. Picture: Elle Borgward d395800

Megan Bonner first started volunteering as an 18 year old.

She said at that time, many of her friends did not understand her choice to volunteer, instead of travelling in Europe or America.

But she had always felt the need to help improve the lives of people living in third world conditions.

‘When I first left school, I wanted to work in international justice, but I quickly learned there were a lot of different ways to help improve the lives of people in third world countries,’ she said.

That desire led her to volunteer in India and then Uganda.

Working in one of the poorest slums in Uganda, Ms Bonner helped set up an internet cafe which could be used to teach children and adults practical skills to improve their employment prospects. Ms Bonner appealed to her friends and former school to donate money, raising $5000 to supply 14 computers and an internet connection to the cafe.

She said the experiencewas confronting at times, but she wanted to continue working with people living in developing countries.

She is about to start a Masters in African History after finishing an arts degree last year.