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Louise Heaton, 21, will volunteer with the Lattitude charity to provide better education to deprived children
A graduate hopes to spend six months teaching African children who usually have limited access to education.
Louise Heaton, who works at Curves Gym in George Lane, South Woodford, is aiming to travel to Malawi in January to volunteer at a small rural school.
The 21-year-old said she was inspired to take the trip during a visit to a South African school in her second year at university.
“Children of different ages were crammed into the same class,” she said.
“There were eight-year-olds with 18-year-olds at the same education level.
“It struck home how much poorer the education is so I thought it would be really nice to work with children where the education isn’t so great and make some sort of contribution.”
Malawi, landlocked by Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia, is among the world’s least developed countries, with more than half the population living below the poverty line.
Miss Heaton, who lives in Canada Water, will be travelling with the charity Lattitude.
She must contribute £4,000 to the cost of the trip and ran her first half marathon in September, raising £995.
She is now asking the community for help to reach her target.
“I have a few other ideas to try and reach that target, so over the next few months I think my time will be filled with plenty of car boot sales, supermarket bag packing and the odd bake sale,” she said.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Louise-Heaton1 to donate.
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