A young Naas woman is heading to Haiti at the end of the month to lend a hand in the effort to help the country recover from the effects of the 2010 earthquake.
The January 10 catastrophe affected 3 million people; causing some 316,000 deaths, injuring 300,000 and making 1m people homeless - leaving aside damage to property.
Kathy Hession, who lives at Carraig Oscar, is a former pupil at the Mercy Convent in Naas and Newbridge College, who is due to graduate from UCD at the end of the month.
A number of local businesses supported a fundraising event organised by Kathy, who is one of a number of people being sent to Haiti by UCDVO (UCD Volunteers Overseas).
UCDVO sends volunteers to a few different places around the world including Haiti, where much help is needed.
Kathy will be working and teaching at a summer camp in the small community of Gros Morne.
“Not only does this benefit the young children in the camp, but it also creates jobs for the local people in the community,” she told the Leader.
“The camps provide education, food, sports, and crafts activities for over 700 extremely disadvantaged children, as well as providing employment for thirty people working with the volunteers in running the camps.
“Along with the summer camps we will be engaging a lot with reforestation and construction.
“Last year extra classrooms were built for the school,” she said.
All support for Kathy’s endeavours will be welcome.
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