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Jamie heads to Mozambique to help to build a School

Jamie Millar A LISBURN architect will be heading off to Mozambique next month to help build a new school for 200 African children.

It has been a dream for the 27-year-old Jamie Millar from Ballymacash to help children after a trip to Kenya where he visited an orphanage.

Jamie is one of the volunteers from Belfast firm Scott Wilson, where he works, who will be helping to build a new school for the children in Tofu.

The project has been organised through the Scott Wilson Millennium Project, a charity set up in 2000 dedicated to relieving poverty. Jamie will head out to Mozambique in June 29 for a week-long stay during which he will be helping to handmix cement, carry rocks and blocks and bricklay and plaster during his 11 hour days.

Jamie said he had always hoped he could take part in such a project.

"This will give the children a chance to have a school that will withstand storms, provide them with the space and infrastructure they need to make the most of their education and create a real opportunity for their future. We can make a difference through improving the educational environment and giving them a school they can be proud of."

Jamie helped to raise 3,000 from bag packing events towards the project.

"From the time that I got a Romanian orphan as a cousin I have always thought about participating in some kind of work which would help those less well off than myself in developing countries.

"Through my travel to Kenya I knew that if given the opportunity to make a difference to people in their situation, it would be something I would like to be involved in.

"It is an incredible opportunity and will prove a fantastic and eye opening experience," he concluded.

mary.magee@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
30/05/2008