Source:York Press- RYEDALE NEWS
11:33am Wednesday 13th November 2013
By Ryedale news
Jake Fletcher during his stay in India
A PICKERING man who spent months volunteering overseas helping to tackle poverty will use his experience to raise awareness of sustainable development in the UK.
Jake Fletcher, 22, worked with development charity Raleigh International for 10 weeks on a project in India to help improve access to health care, building 20 leach pit toilets and starting a self-help group.
He said: “It was really challenging but rewarding working in Karnatake, in India, and now I’m back home I feel so inspired and motivated by the people I lived and worked with.”
Jake plans to use his experiences from the project, which is part of the Government- funded development programme, to raise awareness of sustainable development through the Action at Home initiative.
The project encourages the people involved to put what they have learned overseas into action in the UK to increase understanding of global development issues.
“This is just the first step to me becoming more active in my community, raising awareness and hopefully making a positive change in the world,” said Jake.