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Travelling scholars return from Tanzania


Thursday 5th February
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World Vision/Sanitarium travelling scholars return from Tanzania

While most secondary-school students spent their summer holidays relaxing on the beach, five socially aware teens have immersed themselves in African culture as part of the World Vision/Sanitarium travelling scholarship programme.  

The scholars arrived home this week, after spending two weeks in Tanzania, visiting World Vision Area Development Programmes and enjoying other cultural experiences such as attending a Maasai women’s group.

The five scholars come from around New Zealand: Wesley Hedder, Hamilton Boys High School (Hamilton); Aleisha Westerdaal, Kingsway School (Orewa); David Reynolds, Wellington College (Wellington); Abdal-Bari Al-Chanati, Westlake Boys High School (Auckland); Frances Oliver, Westlake Girls High School, (Auckland).

“Young people today have an incredible social conscience; they are more likely to start a charity than a rock band, and we are grateful for their support.

The five scholars are great ambassadors for New Zealand and have the passion and potential to be key leaders in the future,” says World Vision CEO, Lisa Cescon.

Highlights of the trip for the scholars included: meeting the young people of Tanzania, who despite being the same age, lead very different lives.  They also visited a Maasai women’s group, where they were gifted beads and hand-made jewellery and learnt more about their way of life.World Vision has worked in Tanzania for over17 years, before each of the students were born, bringing hope and long-lasting transformation to thousands of lives.  

World Vision and Sanitarium fund the scholarship annually, offering students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, educate and encourage advocacy of global issues, and build awareness for World Vision’s work in the field.  

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