Hannah is all set to return to Rwanda for volunteering project

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An adventurous student is preparing to return to Rwanda to carry out crucial charity work - a year after first visiting the African country.

Hannah King (22), from Bishopbriggs, first visited Rwanda with Scottish charity Comfort Rwanda for two weeks last October.

It was her second volunteer visit to Africa, after spending four weeks helping to build a school in Uganda while she was a pupil at Bishopbriggs Academy.

The Stirling University student, who studies French and Spanish, has now landed a place on the government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) - which will see her spend 10 weeks over the summer working with development charity Tearfund.

Hannah said: “After Uganda I knew I wanted to go back and jumped at the chance when Rwanda came up.

“I loved the people and fell in love with the country, so when I was given the opportunity to return I had to go for it.

“I’m a little apprehensive, because of the length of time I’ll be there for, but on the other hand I’m ecstatic to be spending my whole summer doing something so worthwhile.”

Hannah added: “Tearfund aims to support locals through education, healthcare and community projects.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most.”

If you would like to help Hannah’s fundraising efforts you can make a donation by logging on at www.justgiving.com/hannahtearfund

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