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Volunteers visit Cass-supported charity in Ethiopia

Two students and two members of staff visit African orphanage to assist in summer school

This summer Cass Business School sent two members of staff and two students to Ethiopia to volunteer as teachers with Hanna's Orphanage. Caitriona Conway from the Postgraduate Careers team and Nicole Garnier who works in the undergraduate course office, plus students Arnold Musisi and Agnieszka Kuplinska were selected from dozens of applicants from Cass to spend two weeks supporting the summer school, assisting with lessons and games and helping the children practice their English conversational skills.

The trip was an opportunity to see how the £10,000 the volunteers raised over the year was spent at the orphanage. The volunteers held fund raising events throughout the year to donate to the orphanage and the funds went towards helping with equipment in the school and providing accommodation for the children. All the money raised over the year was donated to the orphanage; Cass paid for the volunteers travel expenses.

Staff volunteer Nicole Garnier said: "My experience working with Hanna's Orphanage was one of the most fulfilling of my life. Exhilarating, challenging, exciting and emotional are all words that spring to mind. The children of the orphanage, everyone working there and connected to it were amazingly welcoming and supportive. They made the whole experience totally unforgettable. And not to mention how beautiful Ethiopia itself is! I don't think I would ever have gotten to see and experience all this without the project supported by Cass. And being able to see first-hand where the money we raised went was an amazing thing - and really motivated me to keep fundraising once the visit was over! For anyone considering volunteering next year? DO IT!!"

Cass has supported Hanna's Orphanage since 2009 and this was the second visit to Ethiopia by Cass volunteers. The charity raises money in the UK to support Hanna's Orphans' Homes which were founded and are run by Ethiopian Hanna Teshome. Cass continues to support Hanna's Orphanage, not only with money and volunteers, but through raising the profile of the charity and providing expertise for fundraising and planning events.

If you would like to get involved in next year's trip there is a meeting on Tues 1 Nov:
Volunteering Overseas - Ethiopia and Beyond

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