Lauren preparing for Africa challenge

Lauren Macqueen from Balmullo is heading out to Africa in November for charity work.
Lauren Macqueen from Balmullo is heading out to Africa in November for charity work.

Lauren Macqueen from Balmullo is preparing for a trip to Africa later this year.

In November she is heading out to work with the Maasai Community in Tanzania and also to help out in the slums of Kenya.

The St Lazarus School in the Kibera slums of Kenya educates 130 children who have been refused entry to other schools because their families’ are unable to pay for uniforms and text books.

Lauren - who works for BT in Dundee - is travelling to Africa with the UK based charity ‘Challenge Worldwide’.

The charity aims to fund and refurbish several mud classrooms and launch another year’s lunch programme for all the children to build on the huge leaps that have been made improving their basic health.

Subject to funding, it is also hoping to help finance an entire year’s running costs (salaries, maintenance, food programme, books) to give the school time to find more reliable funding partners.

The school is in danger of financial and physical collapse in every respect having lost all its funding in the current economic climate.

The second project Lauren will be working on is the Makat village in Tanzania which is surrounded by water that is unsafe to drink.

The local community there suffer appalling but preventable bone deformities and teeth erosion due to natural fluoride levels, and they struggle to retain teaching and medical staff due to the isolation and lack of food and clean water.

Lauren and the rest of the team are hoping to fund and build a rainwater conservation system at the local school building to provide safe drinking and cooking water for the children and pregnant women of the community.

There are also plans to construct two classrooms and a food storage room.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Lauren can do so at the website www.charitygiving.co.uk/laurenmacqueen1.