SNAPSHOT: Working holiday

Sasha Willmott, 15, and Megan Lee, 14, were among six pupils from Brine Leas School in Cheshire who spent their half-term visiting a South African Red Cross project. The classmates were picked to visit a day care centre in Nyanga, Cape Town, after winning the Giving Campaign's 2003 schools' competition with their video-diary of the school's work with the Horn of Africa Learning Trust. During the trip, the pupils and two teachers from the school saw first-hand how the project cares for up to 25 children each day, enabling their mothers, affected by HIV, to learn new skills and earn money for their families. The pupils also visited schools, community groups and homes in the townships of the Cape Flats area of Cape Town to take part in peer-led education sessions run by young volunteers from the South African Red Cross. The sessions focused on HIV, Aids and sexual health education and awareness.

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