This election was buzzing with discussion, as we demanded of our government the raising of minimum wage, control of immigration, and more accessible education and care for our children.
Yet imagine that you earned so little as to be classified “hardcore poor” by the UN; that the immigrants who came to your country ruthlessly stripped it of all its natural resources; and that your children had no access to unpolluted water, let alone primary education and care.
Tragically, this describes the common situation in the isolated and poverty-stricken villages of northern Borneo, where the world’s oldest rainforests are being torn down to replace food with paper and perfumes, and where thriving ecosystems become desolate wastelands.
And this is where I, a 19 year old student from Warnham, have chosen to spend the next 3 months of my life, to carry out vital developmental work with the charity Raleigh International, who have been working ceaselessly for over a decade to repair the lives of those affected by deforestation.
So in reflection of the power of youth to create and unify from dark and desolate circumstances, I will be holding a fundraising art and photography exhibition at Horsham Museum on 23 May 2015, from 10am – 5pm, where all donated sale pieces have been crafted by young and talented friends and family.
To find out more about my mission, and see some truly stunning and vibrant artwork, please come along and show your support!
For more info: www.raleighinternational.org
To donate: Text “HAZA52 £2” to 70070
Or visit https://www.justgiving.com/Harriet-Tym