Evangeline’s Africa bid

Evangeline holland, 17, will be teaching kids English in Namibia from next August.
Evangeline holland, 17, will be teaching kids English in Namibia from next August.

A teenager from Spen has taken her first steps towards charity work in Namibia.

Evangeline Holland, 17, an aspiring journalist from Westcliffe Road, Cleckheaton, plans to visit Namibia to teach English next August.

And although she has a hefty fundraising target of £5,600 to reach before next August, she is optimistic she can do it.

She said: “I already have a raffle planned for before the end of December, and I plan on doing another four or five before next August.

“I really wanted to do this since I went to a talk from someone from the charity – I feel like it would be a rewarding thing to do.”

The work will be undertaken with educational volunteering charity Project Trust, and will last for a year.

Evangeline, who is currently studying at Kirklees College, also plans to work for the local newspaper in Lüderitz, where she will be based, as she wants to get into journalism as a future career.

She said: “I have wanted to be a journalist for the past five or six years – it is a career that really appeals to me.

“My friends were really shocked when I told them that I was going to be Volunteering in Namibia.

“They told me that they would not be able to do stuff like this, but they are being very supportive and are helping out with some of the fundraising I will be doing.”

Proud dad Darren Holland said: “I am naturally so pleased of what she has chosen to do, and I’m confident she will bring a smile to the faces of many African Children.”

Visit www.projecttrust.org.uk for more on volunteering.