WJR Offers Young Adult Place on Rwanda Mission

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Rwanda mission, World Jewish Relief (WJR) is offering a young Jewish person the opportunity to join them in visiting the charity’s programmes in Eastern Rwanda.

The group visit, which will take place in November, will enable the chosen volunteer to gain a greater awareness of the needs of Rwanda’s children and the work that WJR conducts in support of their requirements. The WJR supported project in Rwanda helps over 200 street kids to transform their lives – providing the means for them to gain an adequate education, find a secure home and withdraw from the danger of the streets. WJR has been supporting this programme since 2005.

The heavily subsidised place for one of the community’s young members has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Ansel Harris Memorial Fund (AHMF). The AHMF is named in memory of Ansel Harris, the former Chairman of UKJAID – a charity which was founded in 1989 as UK Jewry’s response to world humanitarian issues and then merged with WJR in 2005. The AHMF now continues its namesake’s aims to engage the next generation of Jews in international aid and development activity. It is hoped that beneficiaries of the AHMF will return from the developing world and further educate and inform their community and wider society about the need for continued commitment and contribution.

about: The AHMF subsidy is available for any young person between the ages of 21 and 30. The individual who is chosen will need to raise just £200 towards the costs of the trip, plus arrange their own travel insurance. Applicants should email WJR and explain – in no more than 500 words – why they are a suitable candidate. This should include details of age, current occupation, motivation for application, relevant skills and experiences that will enhance contribution, and intentions upon return.

The successful candidate will be required to attend a pre-mission briefing. All applications must be submitted by 6th August 2010 to nr@wjr.org.uk. Further information available upon request. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in London in August. The successful candidate will be chosen before the end of August.