Hannah’s CAFOD Adventure in Sierra Leone

Step into the Gap volunteer Hannah Collinson is heading to Sierra Leone as part of her CAFOD gap year! Read her thoughts below… 

Hannah Collinson

Hannah is travelling to Sierra Leone

At the end of January, as part of my year with Step into the Gap, I will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two and a half weeks. During this time, myself and three other CAFOD gappers will visit Freetown, Kambia and Bo.

In these three towns we will be visiting different CAFOD partners such as KADDRO which focuses on livelihood support and emergency response in Kambia; The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary who work to improve water, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene in Bo and CARITAS which focuses on good governance and security in Freetown.

We will also be meeting the CAFOD staff in the Sierra Leone office and spending time with the communities that CAFOD and our partners have helped and are continuing to help. I am excited to meet the communities, to see the impact first hand and to really learn valuable lessons that will inspire and humble us on our journeys. Although at times it may be difficult, I am really hoping to experience the sense of hope and progress within the communities after the Ebola Crisis.

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Billingham Volunteer Begins Gap Year Adventure!

A Billingham volunteer is dedicating a year to working alongside communities across the world by taking part in a gap year programme run by CAFOD.

Hannah Collinson

Hannah Collinson, our new gap year volunteer

Hannah Collinson is taking part in the ‘Step into the Gap’ programme after graduating from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Chemistry.

She will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a placement in the Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

Hannah will also make an international trip to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside.

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Meet Hannah, our new gap year volunteer

Hannah is from Billingham and one of CAFOD’s new step into the gap volunteers! Read what she has to say below… 

Hannah Collinson

Hannah is starting a gap year with CAFOD

Hi, I’m Hannah, I am 22 and from a small town called Billingham in the North East of England. I have just graduated from the University of Leeds with an Integrated Master’s degree in Chemistry. As part of my degree, I did an industrial placement year at a company called Vivimed Labs. Europe, where I was making photochromic dyes for glasses.

Whilst at university I continued to compete nationally in Ballroom and Latin dancing, I was heavily involved with the Catholic Society and liked to fill any spare time watching Soaps (especially Coronation Street!).

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