Help Henrietta volunteer in Sri Lanka!

Henrietta Jenkins Start Date: Apr 19, 2016 - End Date: Jan 18, 2017
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My Travel Story

by: Henrietta Jenkins Start Date: Apr 19, 2016 - End Date: Jan 18, 2017
SLV is a voluntary organisation which started in 2010. SLV runs projects to help the local community while simultaneously helping students and graduates to gain valuable experience in a totally different culture. I’ll be loaning my skills to this organisation and am really looking forward to getting stuck in to a new culture. I’m fundraising, as I’ll be joining SLV in Sri Lanka for 12 weeks from November 2016 to January 2017 on the Graduate Mental Health placement.

I will be working with individuals who suffer with mental health issues in Sri Lanka. I’ll be running activities for patients and using sensory, music and creative therapies to engage with patients on a variety of wards in multiple institutions. I’ll be attending workshops run by Samutthana, the King’s College London resource centre for trauma, displacement and mental health. The main aim of Samutthana is to train and support organisations and individuals to respond to the psychosocial needs of trauma sufferers i.e. tsunami survivors and those who have experienced civil-conflict in Sri Lanka.

In addition to these projects I’ll also be working with individuals with special needs and teaching English to children and to young people on vocational courses. I’ll be using my skills to work with those who may be marginalized in Sri Lankan society. I’ll be living with other volunteers and with a Sri Lanka family as well.

Those of you who know me will know that I have recently accepted a place on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme starting in June 2017 and before I do this, I want to volunteer my time to help people in disadvantaged communities in another type of setting. I am really passionate about working with those who have had difficult upbringings and those who I can benefit.

I hope you will consider donating to my fundraising efforts to ensure that I can spend a fulfilling and rewarding 12 weeks in Sri Lanka!
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