27 Jun 2014

Africa calling: fundraiser treks Snowdon to raise money for Maasai women

Maasai children 

Susan Stanger is a woman with a strong sense of purpose. At the end of May Susan trekked Mount Snowdon to raise funds for a volunteer trip to Kenya this July.

Ascending some 3,000 feet, her epic trek raised vital funds for Mission Direct – funding that will support the creation of a refuge centre for Maasai women.

Making a practical and lasting difference

A UK charity, Mission Direct sends volunteers to the world’s poorest communities to help free people from physical and spiritual poverty.

Founded nearly ten years ago, the charity’s vision is simple: to enable thousands of people to give back on two-week volunteering trips. To date, Mission Direct had sent more than 3,000 people to trips to twelve countries across the globe.

The trips see volunteers embark on a range of projects that support communities directly – be this building a home for a poor family, a classroom for children hungry to learn or, a shelter for a disabled person.

Supporting vulnerable women in the Maasai community

Based in Narok, South West Kenya, a refuge centre is being built to shelter Maasai women who have run away or need to be rescued due to forced marriages, and the threat of female mutilation.

Susan said: “After I had been to Zimbabwe, I was already thinking about another trip. There are many to get involved with, with Mission Direct. Again I felt a calling to Africa.”

She added: “I found the Mission to help with the Maasai women, and other projects there inspiring, and wanted to make a difference in some way, and so I made the decision to go.”

User-friendly website

Susan said: “I used MyDonate for my Mission trip to Zimbabwe, and it is a very user friendly website, and the funds are transferred to your charity regularly.”

Ben Cohen, communications manager for Mission Direct, said: “We are hugely grateful to Susan for support she has offered some of the world’s poorest communities; both in person as a volunteer and by her financial contributions using My Donate; it’s a system we have found to be a highly effective tool as we encourage our volunteers to fundraise.”

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