20 Aug 2012

Two young people in our Disability Advocacy Programme in London volunteered earlier this year to work for three weeks in Burkina Faso. 

Organised with International Service, an international development charity, the young people volunteered at L’Arche, a centre for people with disabilities in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital.

Shola Cole Wilson and Juanita Richards, both of whom have disabilities, were supported by Hayley Nicholls, Senior Project Worker and Janet Galsworthy, Project Worker at DAP.

Hayley said: 'I would really like to celebrate the achievements of the young people. They did fantastic work.'


Please watch a video of the young people's visit to Burkina Faso.

'It has helped me to be confident'

The group from DAP completed preparation sessions including visa applications, project applications, vaccinations, symbolised ground rules, fact sheets and kit lists. During the three weeks in West Africa, the young people learned about work ethics, time management and independence skills such as travelling, living away from home, household chores and personal health and safety.  

Shola said: ‘It has helped me to be confident.'

Juanita said: ‘I learnt a bit more about L’Arche. I got to go away from home.’

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