Stepping into Sierra Leone

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Our intrepid ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteers have swapped the cold UK winter for the sun of West Africa. The group have embarked on the overseas component of their CAFOD Gap Year and will spend a month visiting our partners in Sierra Leone.

The eight ‘Gappers’, Carmel from CAFOD Salford among them, and two accompaniers have spent the first three days in Freetown being briefed on some of the history of Sierra Leone as well as looking at our in-country work with partners and their projects.

From Freetown the group will travel inland to the cities of Makeni and Kenema where they will observe our partner programmes, including agricultural projects, disaster risk reduction and some justice and peace projects.

Our Brighton based Gapper, Laurence Davighi, recently appeared on BBC Essex’s faith news radio programme to discuss the ‘Step into the Gap’ Programme. Laurence said of his experience with CAFOD and the trip to Sierra Leone: “I’ve been taught and I know in my heart that to be a Christian is not just going to Church it’s actually taking your faith outside … showing that you care and that you bring love to everyone not just your own close community.”

Upon returning from Sierra Leone, the Gappers will use their experiences in their UK placements where they will work with young people in schools and youth ministries, communicating ideas of social justice and inspiring a generation of young people to act for the poorest and most marginalised.

Do you know someone aged 18-30 who wants to change the world?
Applications are now open for the 2013/14 ‘Step into the Gap’ Programme. The programme is fully funded and gives young people an amazing experience working both in the UK and abroad. For further information please email the Youth Leadership Development or download an application form.

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