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Harrow teenager returns from volunteer project in Romania
A teenager helped the nomadic people of the Romanian mountains as part of a volunteer project.
Uzayr Ashraf, who attends Park High School Sixth Form in Stanmore, recently returned from his volunteering project in the southern Carpathian mountains in Romania.
The 17-year-old was supported on his trip thanks to a £200 grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation and also raised money himself for the journey by taking part in the Blackpool Marathon and abseiling down the London Olympia Hall.
He said: “It sounds clichéd, but this experience really changed me as a person! I am normally really shy, but I developed my collaborative skills and perseverance greatly, and working with the children really improved my ability to communicate well.
“The main thing I took, from a personal perspective, is to simply appreciate what I have.
“It feels good to have made a difference, the project has significantly improved the sanitation of the area, helping to keep the streets clean, and giving the local people facilities they haven’t had before.”
During his trip Mr Ashraf and a team of volunteers helped build a new washroom facility and spent time teaching children teaching English and playing games.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was founded in 1999 and recognises the positive contribution of young people to society from across London and Essex.
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