Clitheroe woman to spend three months in poverty-stricken South American community

Helen Wilkinson

Helen Wilkinson

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN East Lancashire woman will spend three months living with and helping a poverty-stricken South American community.

Helen Wilkinson, of Henthorne Road, Clitheroe, travels to the Achuapa region of Nicaragua on January 28.

Miss Wilkinson, 25, has linked up with charity Raleigh ICS, which sends volunteers to remote communities to help change them for the better.

The former St Wilfrid’s school pupil, who moved to Clitheroe seven years ago, had spent five months working as a lifeguard at a Jewish camp in America.

She said: “I came back in October and I wanted to do something else, but I wanted it to be something worthwhile.

“So I applied through a Government website which sent my details on to Raleigh.

“I am really excited but quite nervous as well as I will be living with a family while I am there with no water or anything like that.

“It will be a big shock as it is completely different to life here.”

Miss Wilkinson said she didn’t yet know what kind of work she would be doing in Nicaragua.

She said: “Until I get there I don’t know what I will be doing but there will be a variety of small projects and one big one.

“When I arrive I will go into the community and find out what they want.

“There could be something big like building a well and then smaller things like helping them to learn English.”

Miss Wilkinson’s trip will be Government-funded and she has to raise money and awareness of the charity ahead of flying out.

In a bid to raise at least £800, which she is on course to smash, she held a number of charity events, including a beetledrive and a pub quiz at The Wagon and Horses in Pimlico Road and a 16-mile Tough Trough walk, from Dunsop Bridge to Lancaster through the Trough of Bowland.

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9:02pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

Well done Helen and good luck for the journey..I'd come along with you and give them some support but I'm going to be fighting poverty in dirty old blackburn untill at least 2019. Good luck try not to bring any back with you. thanks..
Well done Helen and good luck for the journey..I'd come along with you and give them some support but I'm going to be fighting poverty in dirty old blackburn untill at least 2019. Good luck try not to bring any back with you. thanks.. Info-warrior
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9:02pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

Well done Helen and good luck for the journey..I'd come along with you and give them some support but I'm going to be fighting poverty in dirty old blackburn untill at least 2019. Good luck try not to bring any back with you. thanks..
Well done Helen and good luck for the journey..I'd come along with you and give them some support but I'm going to be fighting poverty in dirty old blackburn untill at least 2019. Good luck try not to bring any back with you. thanks.. Info-warrior
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1:07am Thu 10 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

Government funded?

Why on earth are they funding her to go and live in squalid, filthy conditions where poverty and disease is rife? They could just send her to Shadsworth for free, and give her a half season ticket to the Ewood and bucket comedy club.
Government funded? Why on earth are they funding her to go and live in squalid, filthy conditions where poverty and disease is rife? They could just send her to Shadsworth for free, and give her a half season ticket to the Ewood and bucket comedy club. George.White.Bread
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10:34pm Sat 12 Jan 13

M Foster says...

Very commendable on the face of it but when will such misty-eyed do-gooders learn that the world is a VERY dangerous place. A single blond-haired White female is a target in any Third World area. Many such volunteers/traveller
s have come to grief and I wonder when people will get the message. If taken as a hostage, it leaves others risking their lives to rescue them or family paying out a ransom. Some have been killed recently for just handing out medicines and vaccines in a Muslim country, for goodness sake. An overseas male French hostage is just reported killed today in a failed rescue attempt.

Well meaning for sure but foolish in my opinion, especially in a known corrupt, crime-ridden place like Nicaragua.
Very commendable on the face of it but when will such misty-eyed do-gooders learn that the world is a VERY dangerous place. A single blond-haired White female is a target in any Third World area. Many such volunteers/traveller s have come to grief and I wonder when people will get the message. If taken as a hostage, it leaves others risking their lives to rescue them or family paying out a ransom. Some have been killed recently for just handing out medicines and vaccines in a Muslim country, for goodness sake. An overseas male French hostage is just reported killed today in a failed rescue attempt. Well meaning for sure but foolish in my opinion, especially in a known corrupt, crime-ridden place like Nicaragua. M Foster
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