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Tanzania orphange clothes plea by volunteers
A MUM and daughter who spent three weeks volunteering in Tanzania are appealing for clothes and toys to help the orphans they met in Africa.
Alyson and Polly Bringloe, from Pickering, worked with children at orphanages in the Iringa region as part of a group of volunteers.
Poppy, who works at Eastgate Builders, said they had decided to go Tanzania as her mum, a teacher at Cleveland College, had been born there.
Poppy said: “Mum moved over here when she was little but it has always been a country we are interested in, The trip was funded by ourselves and we stayed with a local family for the three weeks.”
Poppy said it had been a real shock to see the conditions the children lived in.
“At one nursery there were more than 350 children in one room all sat on the floor with nothing for them to do.
“We also went to a derelict baby orphanage which had from newborn to five years old. The condition of the place was awful and the general care for the kids was awful.”
Poppy said many of the children’s parents had died of HIV and AIDS and other family members were not prepared to look after them at such a young age.
“When they reach the age of five they are moved on to another orphanage or if they have distance family they will be made to take them on as by then to them they are old enough to work at just five,” she said.
Poppy said she was now aiming to climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the children’s orphanages they had visited.
She said: “We want to go back at some point and we are both glad we went out there, it was the best experience we’ve had. People see these things on the television but it is completely different when you see it with your own eyes.”
Poppy and her mum are now hoping to send a container of clothes, toys and books for the children.
“These youngsters have nothing so we are appealing for good quality clothes and toys to send out them and help make a difference to their lives,” she said.
Anyone who would like to donate items can phone Poppy on 01751 269008.
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