Winchester teen in race against time to fund India trip to fight poverty

Basingstoke Gazette: Daniel Ellis must raise £1,500 for a three-month trip to India to help fight global poverty Daniel Ellis must raise £1,500 for a three-month trip to India to help fight global poverty

WINCHESTER teenager Daniel Ellis is racing against time to raise money for a trip to India in August.

Daniel, 19, has been selected for the International Citizen Service, a rare opportunity help fight global poverty by volunteering for three months in a developing country.

A former student at Kings’ and Peter Symonds College, Daniel must raise £1,500 before he leaves.

Daniel, of Chilbolton Avenue, said: “I didn’t find out about the placement until mid-May, I have been working hard with a job in London but hope the local community can help me reach the target.

“I will be working with young people under 25 to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health, as well as helping young people find productive employment. I’m really just helping them help themselves,” he said.

Restless Development, a charity based in Islington, London, which works with the International Citizen Service, has been helping young people around the world for over 25 years.

Daniel said: “My time working in London taught me a lot of communication skills, these should be transferrable to the audiences I will be engaging with in India."

To raise the funds he is planning to sell raffle tickets at £1 each with a £250 cash first prize and further prizes of £150 and £50.

The raffle is being sponsored by local firms Buckley’s Chartered Accountants of Romsey and Winchester based Box-It Data Management Ltd.

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12:37pm Fri 28 Jun 13

TwinkleMama says...

I don't doubt Daniel's good intentions, but I do believe this sort of fundraising is misguided and used by some young people to pad out their CVs while having a jolly in their gap year.
The same amount of money would be far better spent and would go a lot further on grass-roots education within India, by educated local people (many Indian university graduates can only get jobs in UK overseas call centres, for example) rather than paying flights and accommodation for students from the UK who don't even speak the local language when they get there, so have to rely on interpreters.
Sorry for sounding so cynical, and I can't help but wonder if anyone would actually donate directly to such a project if it didn't have a fresh-faced local lad associated with it, but I'm really no convinced this is such a great thing.
I don't doubt Daniel's good intentions, but I do believe this sort of fundraising is misguided and used by some young people to pad out their CVs while having a jolly in their gap year. The same amount of money would be far better spent and would go a lot further on grass-roots education within India, by educated local people (many Indian university graduates can only get jobs in UK overseas call centres, for example) rather than paying flights and accommodation for students from the UK who don't even speak the local language when they get there, so have to rely on interpreters. Sorry for sounding so cynical, and I can't help but wonder if anyone would actually donate directly to such a project if it didn't have a fresh-faced local lad associated with it, but I'm really no convinced this is such a great thing. TwinkleMama
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1:52pm Fri 28 Jun 13

lets have a say says...

For the cynical amongst you
ICS has sent 1,250 UK volunteers overseas in its first year to work alongside national volunteers in these countries.
ICS work in India supports the Millennium Development and the amazing success of this is seen in
• New school enrolments increased by 40%, particularly among girls and marginalised ethnic groups
• Knowledge and use of existing health care services increased amongst students and community members
• 70% of young people adopted safe sexual and reproductive health practices
• An increase of 20% in adults continue to:
• Use hygienic sanitation facilities
• Practice personal hygiene
• Use disposal facilities
• Access drinking water from safe sources

So just a cv filler? I think not, it takes a highly motivated person to go through the stringent selection process which is designed to weed out those who view this as a simple gap year filler
For the cynical amongst you ICS has sent 1,250 UK volunteers overseas in its first year to work alongside national volunteers in these countries. ICS work in India supports the Millennium Development and the amazing success of this is seen in • New school enrolments increased by 40%, particularly among girls and marginalised ethnic groups • Knowledge and use of existing health care services increased amongst students and community members • 70% of young people adopted safe sexual and reproductive health practices • An increase of 20% in adults continue to: • Use hygienic sanitation facilities • Practice personal hygiene • Use disposal facilities • Access drinking water from safe sources So just a cv filler? I think not, it takes a highly motivated person to go through the stringent selection process which is designed to weed out those who view this as a simple gap year filler lets have a say
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4:03pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Yves1977 says...

TwinkleMama is misguided to think Indian graduates can "only get jobs" in call centres. In India a job in a call centre is highly prized and much sought-after and only the brightest best-educated get them. that is why when you speak to them they usually speak excellent English!
TwinkleMama is misguided to think Indian graduates can "only get jobs" in call centres. In India a job in a call centre is highly prized and much sought-after and only the brightest best-educated get them. that is why when you speak to them they usually speak excellent English! Yves1977
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8:59am Wed 3 Jul 13

cardinalfang says...

This would be the same India that mocked British aid as being too small, has a space programme and spends over 2billion on defence each year. Perhaps they ought to get their priorities right.

As for India call centres, they are a disaster. I had to call the Sky one a few weeks ago and the call centre girl's accent was so thick that I had to give up. I always try to find companies where they employ UK people for this.
This would be the same India that mocked British aid as being too small, has a space programme and spends over 2billion on defence each year. Perhaps they ought to get their priorities right. As for India call centres, they are a disaster. I had to call the Sky one a few weeks ago and the call centre girl's accent was so thick that I had to give up. I always try to find companies where they employ UK people for this. cardinalfang
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