A YOUNG fundraiser from Shirley is preparing to jet off on an eight month stint to Latin America to help young women involved in trafficking and prostitution.
Eighteen-year-old Elle Deakin has already volunteered in Romania and Tanzania and is now linking up with Christian Gap year charity Latin Link for her latest mission.
The Solihull Sixth Form College student said: “I’ve done similar things before but this is for longer and I’ll be going on my own so it’s a bit scary but also very exciting. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going yet but it looks likely to be either Guatemala or Argentina as they have churches in those countries that need help.
“Both projects involve working with young girls and women, by helping them to get out of dangerous situations such as trafficking, prostitution and other abuse. In Guatemala I would be working with young girls and if I go to Argentina it is likely to be women in their 20s and 30s. The work would be supportive in nature, helping to build their confidence and self esteem and offering counselling.”
Elle has been granted a bursary from the college’s Terry Kitson Award for Service to the Community fund to help pay for the trip. She plans to study at Leeds University and hopes to become a social worker.
To donate, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ellesgapyear2012